Monthly Archives: May 2016

Elvin & Miles: 18 Year Photo Mystery Solved!

SKF NOTE: May 19, 1961, Miles Davis and the Gil Evans Orchestra performed their legendary concert at Carnegie Hall. In 1998 Columbia/Legacy released a 2-CD package of the entire concert with extra songs not included with any earlier releases of … Continue reading

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Arvo Part: Now You Have to Prepare Yourself

In his liner notes to this recording [Tabula Rasa], Wolfgang Sander quotes Arvo Part relating a conversation he had with a Russian Orthodox monk. Part asked the monk what an artist can do to become better — write more prayers, … Continue reading

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A Tribute to Drummer Phillip Wilson

SKF NOTE: Blues drumming developed into a fine art in the late ’40s, into the ’50s with the electric blues musicians playing and recording in Chicago, i.e. Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Chuck Berry, and Howlin’ Wolf. The … Continue reading

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Roy Haynes: Snap Crackle Drumming

SKF NOTE: Roy Haynes on his Gretsch drumset from the CD booklet of Roy’s 1962 classic Out of the Afternoon album. Don’t own Out of the Afternoon? There’s still time! — end —

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Tracking the Elusive Crisp Snare Drum

SKF NOTE: It was years and years before I found someone who could — and did — explain how to tune a snare drum to get the crisp sound of Joe Morello, Ed Thigpen, Buddy Rich, Elvin Jones, Max Roach … Continue reading

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