Monthly Archives: June 2015

Ginger Baker: Kicking Heroin with God’s Recipe

SKF NOTE: A snippet from Jim Clash’s four-part interview with Ginger Baker for Forbes magazine. JUN 16, 2015 @ 9:52 PM Cream Drummer Ginger Baker’s Early Influences, How He Kicked Heroin Habit Jim Clash CONTRIBUTOR Jim Clash: When did you … Continue reading

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Passion for Your Instrument: A Must

Bob Brookmeyer: “Whatever instrument you play, you must have a passion for it, and you must play it passionately. Even if you aren’t good and keep making mistakes, you must have the passion.” Source: Bob Brookmeyer: Strength and Simplicity, by … Continue reading

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Drum Lessons by Ear, Not Eye 

Max Roach spoke to me highly of an African hand drum teacher’s way of teaching. The teacher and his student are sitting in the same room. But they are separated by a sheet or curtain hanging from the ceiling between … Continue reading

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Chico Hamilton: You Remember What a Nickel Was

SKF NOTE: Just finished reading Hannah Rothschild’s biography of her Aunt, “The Baroness: The Search for Nica, the Rebellious Rothschild.” Excellent reading about a woman Thelonious “Toot” Monk, Jr. describes as a combination Santa Claus and Mother Theresa for Bebop … Continue reading

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Stanley Turrentine: Mystery Albums Sometimes the Best

Stanley Turrentine: “Sometimes I’d go into the studio without knowing who was on the date. I wouldn’t know who was playing bass, drums, or whatever. No music, no nothing – we’d go right into the studio and create. And some … Continue reading

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Revisiting the Bo Diddley Beat

SKF NOTE: This is an interesting chronology of the Bo Diddley beat. Missing from this article is drummer Clifton James who recorded many of Bo Diddley’s great records, and deserves credit for popularizing that beat. Bo Diddley used a canny … Continue reading

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Ginger Baker: “Philly” Joe Jones said, “Man, You Tell a Story”

SKF NOTE: A snippet from Jim Clash’s four-part interview with Ginger Baker for Forbes magazine. JUN 16, 2015 @ 9:52 PM Cream Drummer Ginger Baker’s Early Influences, How He Kicked Heroin Habit Jim Clash CONTRIBUTOR Jim Clash: You are a … Continue reading

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