Monthly Archives: January 2017

Freddie Gruber: Never Just Go ‘Tap, Tap, Tap.’ Sing!

SKF NOTE: Excerpt #2 from my interview with Freddie Gruber in Buddy Rich’s NYC apartment circa 1983-84. Freddie was speaking about “legitimate” percussionists he’d studied with: Morris Goldenberg, Fred Albright, and Henry Adler. I asked if any of what he learned … Continue reading

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Frankie Dunlop on Mingus the Perfectionist (or, Frankie! The Tempo’s Gone Down!)

SKF NOTE: A favorite moment from my interviews with the great drummer Frankie Dunlop. Now, for the first time, listeners can hear Frankie’s impersonation of Charles Mingus as Frankie describes a moment on the Half Note bandstand drumming with Mingus.

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Frankie Dunlop on Mingus: It’s the Principle of the Thing

SKF NOTE: One of my favorite moments of my interviews with the great drummer Frankie Dunlop. Listeners can hear Frankie’s impersonation of Charles Mingus as Frankie describes a scene from a rehearsal for Mingus’s Tijuana Moods album. The scene opens with … Continue reading

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Scott K Fish Meets Dan ‘red66charger’ Eggleston and Cottondale Swamp

SKF NOTE: My overdue thanks to Dan Eggleston for his kindess when I was visiting St. Petersburg, FL last October. I have Dan’s permission to tell you he is “red66charger” on DrumForum.org — a terrific online gathering of drummers. I’ve … Continue reading

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Jaimoe on Charles ‘Honeyboy’ Otis: I Was in Shock for About a Month

SKF NOTE: This is another small piece of a longer interview that took place on April 3, 1982 after an Elvin Jones drum clinic at Professional Percussion Center in New York City. Taking part in the interview were Max Weinberg, … Continue reading

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Fred Armisen: It Takes a Drummer to Really Know Drummers

SKF NOTE: Watching current online drum videos now and then, I was starting to think I was alone, scratching my head at some of what passes as wise counsel from self-styled experts on how-to-play drums. God Bless Fred Armisen! I … Continue reading

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Freddie Gruber: Learning, Teaching Awareness of Rhythm, Melody, Harmony in Drumming

SKF NOTE: Excerpted from my late 1983 or early 1984 interview with Freddie Gruber. I don’t know how much, if any, of this excerpt is in Modern Drummer’s Focus on Teachers interview, but this excerpt differs in one respect. These … Continue reading

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