Monthly Archives: November 2014

Freddie Gruber: Is It Necessary to Know Drum Rudiments?

SKF NOTE: Excerpted from my late 1983 or early 1984 interview with Freddie Gruber. I don’t know how much, if any, of this excerpt is in Modern Drummer’s Focus on Teachers interview, but this excerpt differs in one respect. These … Continue reading

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Joe Morello on Buddy Rich Part 2

SKF NOTE: Revisiting the transcript of my early 1980’s interview with Joe Morello today. Five or six times Joe Morello said some things about Buddy Rich which were new to me. I also found Joe’s remarks instructive and/or funny. I … Continue reading

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Where a Drum Line is a Safe Place, a Home

Grant drum line gets surprise of a lifetime in Hollywood Lured to Hollywood with the ruse of playing a private party for Robin Roberts, the Grant drum line gets a huge surprise. Sacramento – …Grant High is one the worst … Continue reading

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Craftsman with Heart of a Teacher Gets Back His Drums

Pals put ‘heirloom’ drum kit back in maker’s hands Sherry Lucas, The Clarion-Ledger 11:26 p.m. CST November 27, 2014 Beloved metro Jackson drummer Joe Partridge Jr. was gifted with a set he’d made nearly 18 years ago, as pals pulled … Continue reading

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Joe Morello on Buddy Rich Part 1

SKF NOTE: Revisiting the transcript of my early 1980’s interview with Joe Morello today. Five or six times Joe Morello said some things about Buddy Rich which were new to me. I also found Joe’s remarks instructive and/or funny. So, … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving 2014

Happy Thanksgiving and thank you to everyone visiting Life Beyond the Cymbals Best, Scott K Fish

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Elvin Jones’s Room

SKF NOTE: For a time in the late sixties, [Elvin Jones] lived in a first-floor room at the Chelsea Hotel. The room was long and narrow and dark, and it was clearly a bachelor’s nest. The bed hadn’t been made, … Continue reading

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