Monthly Archives: May 2015

Buddy Rich: Two Kinds of Technique I Admired

SKF NOTE: Mel Torme‘s two-part 1978 Down Beat interview with Buddy Rich is one of my all-time favorites. It is a conversation between friends, between first-class musicians, and between people with utmost respect for each other. Both Messers Torme and … Continue reading

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Revisiting My Life in Music: The Rise of Writing Influences Pt. 2

SKF NOTE: This is my latest post in answer to a new friend asking how I “got the gig” as managing editor for Modern Drummer. Here is my first post. And here is The Rise of Writing Influences Pt. 1. … Continue reading

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Memorial Day: Thank You!

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Derek Trucks: Inspired by Elvin Jones’s Mother

Watkins: Tedeschi Trucks ‘happy and soulful’ Billy Watkins, The Clarion-Ledger 11:16 a.m. CDT May 14, 2015 Q. I wanted to know about [Derek Trucks‘s] style, about what he tries to say using his guitar. A. “I try to convey some … Continue reading

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Philly Joe Jones on Baby Dodds

“When I was working with Joe Morris opposite George Shearing in the Three Deuces on 52nd St., I went across the street one night to the Onyx. Just casually, you know. And I happened to look at the placards outside … Continue reading

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Jaimo’s Drum Room Circa 1980

SKF NOTE: After interviewing Jaimo and Butch Trucks (Modern Drummer May 1981), Jaimo and his wife at the time, Candy, invited me to spend a weekend with them at their Macon, Georgia home. It was both a fun and somber … Continue reading

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The Forgotten Gary Chester/Charles Perry Drum Book?

SKF NOTE: This 32-page drum method book by Gary Chester and Charles Perry is not available on Alfred Music‘s web site. I would not swear in a court of law this book is out-of-print. But it appears to be. There … Continue reading

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