Monthly Archives: October 2014

Max Roach: The Human Being Creates the Instrument

“For me, it’s not the instrument that creates the human being, it’s the human being that creates the instrument,” Max Roach says, explaining his extreme reluctance to list his equipment. “I’ve seen people like Charlie Parker and Art Blakey and … Continue reading

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Bobby Graham: The Kinks’ “You Really Got Me” Drummer

[SKF NOTE: File under, “Old Dog, New Tricks.” I just learned today that Bobby Graham is the drummer on this classic rock tune. Maybe there are others like me. My apologies to the already enlightened.] Wall Street Journal ANATOMY OF … Continue reading

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Joe Morello: I Couldn’t Play Papa Jo’s Bass Drum

[SKF NOTE: An excerpt from the full transcript of my Modern Drummer interview with Joe Morello. My questions here reflect an interest I had at the time in how the drummers who came in during or soon after BeBop interacted … Continue reading

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John Densmore: Random Thoughts on Drumming

Day of the Drum by John Densmore / Founding member of The Doors – We drummers all know that our mother’s heartbeat was the first instrument we heard. As a race, we’ve all been trying to get back to that womb. … Continue reading

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Ginger Baker on Passing of Jack Bruce

Legendary drummer Ginger Baker pays tribute to ‘one-off’ Jack Bruce By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 26, 2014  By Alex Diaz Speaking from a hotel in the Republic of Ireland, Baker, 75, said: “We go back a long way, … Continue reading

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Mel Lewis on Calf Skin Drum Heads

Mel Lewis on Calf Skin Drum Heads SKF NOTE: This is from an interview with Mel Lewis in his New York City apartment on September 8, 1977. An edited version appeared as Mel’s first Modern Drummer feature interview. Mel, a … Continue reading

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Freddie Gruber: How A Drum Student Hears Pt. 2

I posted Part 1 of my exchange with Freddie Gruber here. During our interview, however, I stopped our hypothetical conversation and asked Freddie to use me as a real-life example. So this second part of our interview began after Freddie … Continue reading

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