pwc wrote: To these other band members setting a groove is understood to be "chops" in their terms with the rest being peripheral. That's a generalization, maybe, but it has been my experience that solid groove setting drummers get the gigs while the flashier ones don't.
That's what I always hear. I've seen from others that often the highest paying gigs are often the more simple hip-hop gigs or wedding gigs where you just set the groove and keep people dancing. I'm generalizing as well, but it's also my understanding that you also often hear more about drummers being called back after auditions for their groove and pocket, rather than flying around the kit.
"Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple." -Charles Mingus