I'll second the Fred Lipsius book and add the following;
"Syncopation for the modern drummer." by Ted Reed
also, don't forget "The Omnibook." Pick a Bird solo and learn a chorus or two. Play it every day for 3 or 4 months. You'll absorb the phrasing, articulations and rhythmic conception of the man who re-wrote the book on jazz rhythms.
I was given the above advice at a workshop recently, and I gotta tell you, it works! Play a Bird solo as part of your daily warm up. Don't worry about playing it up to tempo, that'll happen over time. Concentrate on the tongueing and articulation. Once you've got the solo down, it only takes a minute or two to play through it each day.
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