Monthly Archives: June 2015

Tony Williams’s Drumset and the Nub of Great Drummers

Driving Maine roads, listening for the first time to Tony Williams’s “Civilization” album. I think of a recent email concerning Tony’s yellow Gretsch drumset. The email includes a photo of Tony’s drumset assembled in a home basement. The photo haunts … Continue reading

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Drumming with Words: A Time to Pound, a Time to Pause

Drumming With Words by Greg J. Stone — 06/11/2015 I have what…Ginger Baker calls the “gift of time.” …I have always had an instinctive ability to keep a beat — at least at the level of an amateur drummer. That skill … Continue reading

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Elvin Jones: The Subtleties of Timekeeping

SKF NOTE: Herb Nolan’s 1977 Elvin Jones interview is loaded with wisdom and insight. Thank you, Down Beat, for making the entire interview available online. What Elvin says here about keeping time is among my favorites from Mr. Nolan’s piece. … Continue reading

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3D Printer Drumset? Cool! But, How Does It Sound?

SKF NOTE: The technology here is fascinating. I emailed 3DPrint.com, however, asking if online readers can have a chance to hear Mr. Szydlowski’s drums. Not sure why the film editor ends this video at the exact moment the listener expects … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: Vague Memories of Music in Our Souls

SKF NOTE: Sherlock Holmes was a Stradivarius-playing violinist who loved opera. Sherlock Holmes: “Do you remember what Darwin says about music? He claims that the power of producing and appreciating it existed among the human race long before the power … Continue reading

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