Monthly Archives: October 2015

Sid Catlett: Delicacy as Powerful as a Bomb

SKF NOTE: Whitney Balliett‘s interesting book can be read at any time, starting on any page. There’s almost always at least one tidbit of historical significance on every page. Of course, drummers can learn a great deal about drumming from other … Continue reading

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Phil Gould: The Secrets of Groove

SKF NOTE: Drummer Phil Gould offers lots of common sense advise in this interview. I’m going to file this piece away for future reference. The YouTube insertions are mine, not part of the original interview. Drummer Phil Gould explains the … Continue reading

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Alan Dawson and The Great Band That Got Away

SKF NOTE: What a band! I read recently these four compatriots never performed together live. What a shame. Four great players. A showcase for Alan Dawson. This was the first time I heard the side of Alan Dawson that influenced … Continue reading

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Roy Haynes: Beautiful Brushwork on ‘I’m Late, I’m Late’

SKF NOTE: Stan Getz collaboration with composer and arranger Eddie Sauter recorded in 1961. One of my longstanding “go to” albums,  Focus is beautiful music with some great Roy Haynes drumming. Check out Roy’s brushwork — his musicianship — on I’m … Continue reading

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Finding Michael Shrieve’s Press Kit

SKF NOTE: I have fond memories of the time I spent with Michael Shrieve putting together his Modern Drummer interview. Of all of the drummers I interviewed, Mike Shrieve was immersed in the most varied aspects of drumming. Really, he … Continue reading

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Cozy Cole: Chicken One Day, Feathers the Next

SKF NOTE: Cozy Cole was a marvelous drummer. My introduction to his playing was through a CBS imported album I owned called something like, The New York Jazz Scene. It was a collection of late Swing, early BeBop recordings. Cab … Continue reading

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Tommy Aldridge Sonor Ad 1976

SKF NOTE: These days Tommy Aldridge is endorsing Yamaha. I interviewed Tommy for Modern Drummer when he was with Ozzy Osbourne. A very nice guy. Tommy was an intuitive player. That is, he played very, very well — by instinct. … Continue reading

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