Monthly Archives: November 2014

Alison Geal Wins World Juvenile Solo Tenor Drum Championship

Coatbridge pupil is a world beater Practice makes perfect for drummer Alison / November 24, 2014 A Coatbridge pupil with a passion for drumming has surpassed all her expectations after being crowned world champion. Alison Geal (16) won the World Solo … Continue reading

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Val Sepulveda: What I Want To Do For the Rest of My Life

Nov 22, 2014 11:43 AM EST Latin Music Artist News 2014: Chilean Drummer Val Sepulveda Talks Career, Rise to Top of Male-Dominated Music Scene (Exclusive) By Melissa Castellanos “I have always felt a special connection with the drums. Even as … Continue reading

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Alphonse Mouzon: Weather Report Was Sort of Draining

SKF NOTE: Alphonse Mouzon was in McCoy Tyner‘s group when he gave this interview, comparing his experience playing with Tyner and Weather Report. Tyner’s group also included Calvin Hill (bass), Sonny Fortune (reeds, flute). Mouzon was with Weather Report for … Continue reading

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Harvey Siders: Long Drum Solos Bore Me

SKF NOTE: Here I’ve excerpted remarks about drum solos from a 1973 roundtable discussion Down Beat Contributing Editor Harvey Siders had with five drummers: Willie Bobo, Louie Bellson, Larry Bunker, Shelly Manne, and Donald Bailey. None of these wonderful players … Continue reading

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Max Roach: The Day Sid Catlett Died

SKF NOTE: Max Roach was 33-years old when he did this 1958 Down Beat cover story. “I’ve always been fond of Art Blakey and Jo Jones,” [Max Roach] continues. “Blakey is a creative person. He plays with the sincerity of … Continue reading

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Phil Collins’ Drum Equipment July 1984

Phil Collins’ Equipment Phil Collins has several different drum kits (Gretsch, Pearl, Premier) for different occasions. On tour with Genesis, Robert Plant, and on his own tours, he uses a Gretsch set, which he is currently endorsing. (“They’ve always had … Continue reading

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Wynton Marsalis: When I Joined Art Blakey’s Band

“I’m embarrassed to admit it, but when I joined Art Blakey‘s band, I hadn’t even listened to Art Blakey’s records. I was just playing scales on chords – I didn’t know you were supposed to construct a solo.” Source: The … Continue reading

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