Looking into the innovators of bebop drumming! Some of the early percussionists to introduce the bebop style of drumming in the early 1940's were Max Roach, Kenny Clarke, and Art Blakey.
Bebop was a style of drumming meant to be listened to (rather than danced to); it was more of an art form. It used faster tempos and introduced new forms of chromaticisms and dissonance into jazz - which is just a fancy way of saying that jazz was moving away from what was popular to something more challenging.
Initially, bebop was met with some hostility, but by the 1950's bebop had been accepted into the vocabulary of jazz...
...with great pleasure!
Max Roach - Parisian Sketches/Parisian Sketches
Max Roach - The Third Eye (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wnW2KLWE-g)
Max Roach - On the High-Hat (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8syiOwwVyY)
Max Roach - Speak Brother Speak/Speak Brother Speak
Max Roach - To the Max!/Drums Unlimited
Max Roach + Abdullah Ibrahim - Stream of Consciousness/Consinguinity (*check this record out*)
Flowers - A Slow Secret
M'Boom - M'Boom/Rumble in the Jungle
Max Roach w/ the J.C. White Singers - Lift Every Voice and Sing/Motherless Child
Max Roach His Chorus and Orchestra - It's Time/Another Valley
Dizzy Gillespie - Oop Bop Sh'bam (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aksce4oJsU)
Art Blakey + The Jazz Messengers - Caravan
Flowers - Ikebana Tymbles
Art Blakey - A Night in Tunisia
Various Artists - The Best of Kenny Dorham/Minor's Holiday (Drums: Art Blakey)
Kathy Kennedy - Country Song
Miles Davis - Milestones/Straight No Chaser
*I do not have the album names for all tracks played.