Monthly Archives: July 2016

Harvey Mason on ‘Chameleon’

SKF NOTE: Listening to Chameleon by Herbie Hancock‘s Headhunters when the song was first released in 1973 was an experience today’s listeners missed. Cutting edge music in 1973, the best of Chameleon — the music, the sounds, the rhythm — … Continue reading

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Syncopation: What if You Can’t Hear It?

SKF NOTE: Robert Palmer was a writer I could always count on for insightful interviews with musicians. Mr. Palmer knew his subjects, asked great questions, and always — from where I stood — treated his interviews as peer-to-peer musician conversations. … Continue reading

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Coltrane on Playing, Steadily, Steadily, Every Night

SKF NOTE: Black Giants is a 1970 book collection of interviews and essays with/about some of the “New Jazz” prime movers, i.e. Elvin Jones, Archie Shepp, and John Coltrane. Contributor Frank Kofsky‘s Septermber 1967 interview with John Coltrane has Coltrane’s view … Continue reading

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Clifford Brown: You’ve Got to Hear Things Before You Can Do Them

SKF NOTE: At some point, serious music students — jazz students, at least — will meet Clifford Brown. A brilliant trumpet player, the world is blessed to have Clifford Brown’s impressive recorded legacy to listen to. Clifford Brown was 26-years … Continue reading

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Scott K Fish: Les DeMerle Interview 1984

SKF NOTE: Last year I began posting small exchanges from the full transcript of my 1984 Les DeMerle interview. Here is Les’s full interview as published in Modern Drummer October 1984. In my 1984 introduction I write, in part, “During this … Continue reading

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Jason Bonham’s 1988 Promo Cassette Sampler

SKF NOTE: A couple of people have written me asking if I am still in possession of this or that audio cassette and/or magazine. Yesterday, while searching through boxes for other items, I found this sampler cassette of Jason Bonham’s 1988 … Continue reading

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Bill Bruford: Technique? Texture and Sound Were Much More Important

SKF NOTE: More words for drummers to live by from drum pioneer Bill Bruford. Art Lange: You’ve stated elsewhere that [Jamie] Muir influenced you a lot. How, specifically? Bill Bruford: Specifically that drumming wasn’t all about thumbing through glossy magazines … Continue reading

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