Monthly Archives: July 2014

Regrets? I’ve Had a Few #1: Bill Bruford

SKF NOTE: I never met Bill Bruford in person. Our 1983 Modern Drummer interview was by phone. It was one of my rare MD interviews for which I wish I had been better prepared. Not that I was careless in setting … Continue reading

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Drum Inspiration from Jazz Piano Trios

As a new pro drummer in my twenties, I spent countless hours listening to, and studying, jazz piano trios: drummer, acoustic bass, acoustic piano. In part, because I was playing in the Millard Cowan piano trio – my first full-time … Continue reading

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The Joy of Discovering New Drummers

SKF NOTE: Three times I helped compile Modern Drummer Annual Readers Polls. That is, I opened reader envelopes, removed the official MD Readers Poll ballots, and kept score on large sheets of paper taped to my MD Managing Editor’s office wall. One … Continue reading

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Interviewing Advice from Buddy Rich

In an earlier post I wrote about my interview with Freddie Gruber. It took me a long, long time – and several attempts on different days – to make Freddie relaxed enough to allow me to turn on my tape … Continue reading

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