Monthly Archives: December 2016

Montblanc’s Miles Davis Fountain Pen Makes Me Smile

SKF NOTE: Thank you, Colleen Morgan of The Moodie Davitt Report, for bringing Montblanc’s cool Miles Davis fountain pen to my attention. The workmanship is beautiful. And if I had a spare $900…? Until then, that Montblanc’s Great Characters Edition … Continue reading

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Clyde Stubblefield: I Do Not Appreciate Not Getting Paid

SKF NOTE: I look forward to the day it is standard practice in the recording industry to make sure musicians are paid for using their sampled sounds. That this is still an unresolved issue is heartbreaking. Drummer Clyde Stubblefield, comes … Continue reading

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New Live Music: Papa Jo Jones with Count Basie (1938-40)

The release of Savory Collection Vol. 2 has all the elements of my favorite jazz discoveries. At first blush we have 22 first time releases of Count Basie’s big band (1938-1940) with the exemplary rhythm section of Count Basie (piano), … Continue reading

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Mickey Hart on Secret to Playing Well with Other Drummers

radio.com Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart on Returning to Planet Drum He’s reissuing his classic 1991 solo album, but he also talks about playing with John Mayer, Walter Cronkite and President George H.W. Bush. December 16, 2016 10:25 AM By Brian Ives … Continue reading

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Drummer Mickey Jones with Dylan ’66: Restoring a Legacy

SKF NOTE: If I were a rich man, I would certainly own and listen to the new 36-CD Bob Dylan: The 1966 Live Recordings boxed set. Bob Dylan going electric. Bob Dylan and The Band’s early collaboration — except Levon Helm. … Continue reading

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Smokey Dacus: When I Started Playing Professionally

SKF NOTE: This is the first audio excerpt of my phone interview with William “Smokey” Dacus over 35 years ago. Smokey Dacus was the first drummer to play in a country band. Legendary bandleader Bob Wills had the idea, in … Continue reading

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Bill Maxwell: I Used To Think Record Companies Were Crooks (1982)

SKF NOTE: Drummer/producer Bill Maxwell stopped by Modern Drummer on August 17, 1982 for a feature interview, published in August 1983. Andrae Crouch, The Winans, Freddie Hubbard, Koinonia — Bill Maxwell’s work as drummer and producer is among the best. I … Continue reading

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