Monthly Archives: January 2016

Max Roach Gretsch Ad 1959

SKF NOTE: A classic Chuck Stewart Gretsch ad with Max Roach from the October 29, 1959 Down Beat.

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Hal Blaine: You Gotta Watch, Learn, Listen

SKF NOTE: Hal Blaine was a great friend to Modern Drummer magazine while I was on staff. It would not surprise me to know Hal is still a great friend to MD. In the early 1980’s, when I was writing The History … Continue reading

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Michael Carvin: Motown is the Bebop of Rock

SKF NOTE: I hate sounding like a broken record (no pun intended), but for the sake of readers visiting Life Beyond the Cymbals for the first time: I conducted a series of backgrounder interviews in the early 1980s for a … Continue reading

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Mel Lewis on Sinatra/Ellington’s “Follow Me”

SKF NOTE: The Frank Sinatra/Duke Ellington album, Francis A. & Edward K., is one of my all-time favorites. And, of course, it’s fun and instructive listening to Mel Lewis‘s thoughts on the song, Follow Me. Mel Lewis: That, of course, … Continue reading

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Steve Khan on Tony Williams’s “Emergency!”

Steve Khan: This is Emergency!, right? An important record. It captured a feeling about that particular time, when our music was about to take a great change. It’s a five-star record; the only thing unfortunate about it, considering how recording … Continue reading

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