The drumset has undergone very little change as far as instrumentation. The earliest trap kits had a lot more toys and sound affects than todays sets and were popular in Dixieland and early jazz. Basically, those sets and today shad a mixture of drums and cymbals of various sizes. Today's set consists of at least the following:
The following two clips are good examples of how drumming sounds and styles have changed. The first clip is the gifted jazz drummer Elvin Jones performing on John Coltrane's A Love Supreme album. The style is definitely that of the post-bop 60s and also represents a style that some young drummers are starting to get into in the 90's. The second solo is by the percussionist and avant-garde drummer Trilok Gurtu from India. A master tabla drummer, Trilok combines middle-eastern rhythms with jazz and fusion music in an exquisite way matched by no other. In fact, he plays in a squatting position on a large Persian rug which houses his small percussion\trap set.