Here's a little variation I came up with of a classic Max Roach fill.
I'm sure many of you are familiar with this one:
It pops up in many great Roach solos, including "Jacqui". Check out measures 18-19, at 0:28 on the video).
Another great way of playing this, especially when the tempo won't allow you to tear through those 16th notes is to simply play it with triplets. There are a few different ways we can approach this.
First, let's keep the movement from drum to drum as close to the original spot as possible, like so:
Now, let's keep the original sticking intact. We'll have to squish the ending a bit:
There are, of course, many different ways to arrange this fill, and I encourage you to come up with your own. Here's one of mine. Adding accents gives this fill some extra shape and makes it even more melodic than it already is. I changed the ending a bit as well for a bigger impact.