Monthly Archives: March 2016

Thinking of Oliver Jackson

SKF NOTE: A summer night, driving top down in a convertible with friends on Long Island’s south shore. To my left, the distant sky is lit up and the sound of killer snare drumming is reaching my ears in a … Continue reading

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Barbara Borden & Carolyn Brandy: A Matter of Following Your Heart

SKF NOTE: “How are you traveling?” I ask Barbara Borden and Carolyn Brandy. We are sitting in my office at Modern Drummer magazine in New Jersey on October 15, 1981. “In one van,” says Barbara Borden. “All of us and … Continue reading

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Max Roach on Establishing a Musical Personality

SKF NOTE: Max Roach had recently played a concert with his M’Boom percussion ensemble on the same bill as the World Saxophone Quartet – a saxophones only group — when I interviewed Max in his Connecticut home in the early … Continue reading

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Keith Richards: Charlie Watts Keeps Stones Grounded

Vic Garbarini: [How] does a band like the Stones…keep grounded? Keith Richards: Maybe the answer is in the nature of the band itself.., that each person in the band in some way grounds the others. If there’s anything that’s stopped … Continue reading

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Freddie Gruber 1947: Between a Belgian Percussionist and Buddy Rich

SKF NOTE:¬†Freddie Gruber background material was scarce in the early 1980s when I was preparing to interview him. I don’t remember any recordings with Freddie on drums available. Most of my background information came from drummers who knew Freddie, Freddie … Continue reading

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