SKF NOTE: Mel Lewis biographer Chris Smith has some new to me photos and music he’s sharing on Jon McCaslin’s Four On The Floor blog. I especially like the 7-minute live, unrehearsed duet between Mel Lewis and tenor saxophonist Bob Mintzer. Mel’s spoken intro alone is worth a listen.
Jon’s photo of Mel having a conversation with Gene Krupa is also excellent.
In revisiting Chris Smith’s Mel Lewis bio, The View from the Back of the Band: The Life and Music of Mel Lewis, I notice he writes in the book’s Preface:
Several informative interviews with Mel have previously been published in Modern Drummer, Crescendo, and DownBeat magazines. He also did a series of three lengthy interviews with Bob Rusch for Cadence magazine in 1989. These interviews are now out of print….”
I wanted Mel Lewis and Chris Smith fans to know my 1978 Modern Drummer Mel Lewis interview, referenced in Mr. Smith’s book, is available for reading right here on Life Beyond the Cymbals.