The Menace of Drums! is an article by jazz pianist Barry Dallman, where he discusses the difference between enhancing music with percussion and covering up the whole melody with noise. Dallman also describes the difference between drummers born in different decades:
I have been fortunate enough to play gigs with drummers of all ages, and there is a noticeable difference in volume when you’re playing with guys in their 60s and 70s. Apart from stylistic differences, they generally play with a lighter touch than their younger counterparts and perhaps this is because they come from the days of less powerful amplification and acoustic pianos.
The article while at times can be described as a writer venting, nonetheless gives valuable insight on how to play the best at gigs in small spaces.