First I want to acknowledge that headline... that just happened... OK...
Does it seem like we're in a Billy Higgins trough right now? I don't feel like he's getting talked about a lot— the current zeitgeist of maximal chops, polish, and improvisatory drama is not his thing. He's not going to throw you around and have his way with you, the way people like it today.
Whatever: here he is playing part of a festival set with George Coleman, Herbie Hancock, and Ron Carter. Billy's playing his 20" 602 rivet cymbal, which was a feature of his sound later in his career.
I've listened to tons of Billy, and love his playing, but it took me a listen through to actually accept what's going on here— so, if it sounds rough to you, listen to it again. That first drum solo is notable because I think a lot of ambitious young jazz musicians today would not feel comfortable having played that— it doesn't feel like doctoral recital material. But this is the real creative article— you're supposed to play this way.