Monthly Archives: April 2016

Bill Evans on Commitment, Experience, Dedication

“Anybody who appreciates the commitment, the experience and dedication required for the playing of top flight professional jazz, must realize the tremendous demands on the person playing it. By the same token, the music is sophisticated enough to be a … Continue reading

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Do You Know What Numbers Sound Like?

SKF NOTE: When I was in school — with a couple of exceptions — I hated math. But loved drumming. The exceptions were a couple of math teachers passionate about math. Their passion transferred to me. I enjoyed their classes … Continue reading

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Roberto Petaccia’s Rocking Motion Technique

SKF NOTE: September 10, 2015 I posted my 1981 Modern Drummer obituary for a terrific guy, Roberto Petaccia. I wrote in part: “The first time we heard from Roberto was through a letter: ‘My name is Roberto Petaccia and I … Continue reading

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Gordon Lightfoot: ‘I Like Everything to Swing’

SKF NOTE: On April 14 I wrote about Gordon Lightfoot’s great band. Here in an April 21 newspaper story is Mr. Lightfoot himself praising his band. One other point: Gordon clearly thinks of himself as a band member. That comes … Continue reading

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Art Blakey’s Press Roll: ‘It’s the Way I Feel’

SKF NOTE:  Sometimes it’s disappointing when an interviewer misses an apparent opportunity to get a more in-depth answer. No doubt Art Blakey had one of the world’s great press rolls. Anytime a musician has a trademark style it’s always nice … Continue reading

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Drummer Photos: A Source of Wonder and Learning

SKF NOTE: Pre-internet, vinyl album liner notes and photographs were a valued source of information. That was especially true of jazz albums. Liner notes were almost always written by wonderful, authoritative people like Nat Hentoff, Leonard Feather, and Ralph J. … Continue reading

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Frankie Dunlop: How to Play Louder Without Hurting Yourself

SKF NOTE: A segment from the full transcript of my Frankie Dunlop interviews. The back story on the interview is posted here. Scott K Fish: How can drummers learn to play louder without hurting themselves physically? Frankie Dunlop: Well, I … Continue reading

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