Monthly Archives: February 2017

Bob DiSalle: ‘Keith Gilroy: A Positive Influence, a Mentor’

SKF NOTE: I don’t know why I didn’t include Keith Gilroy’s name in Bob DiSalle‘s Modern Drummer interview (Nov. 1982). Digitizing a cassette recently, which is full of random bits of MD interviews — there was Bob DiSalle, asking me to … Continue reading

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When Photographers and Drumsets Collide

SKF NOTE: Alan Gratzer’s 1981 Ludwig ad reminds me of an innovation Alan mentioned to photographer John Lee during an REO Speedwagon in-concert photo shoot for Gratzer’s Modern Drummer interview published in July 1981. At that time it was still … Continue reading

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Universal Music Truth and Punk Rock Drummers: What Are The Lyrics?

SKF NOTE: Three Punk rock drummers agree with me on the importance of knowing song lyrics. That view, which is shared by all kinds of great instrumentalists, going back to at least the 1930s, must be a universal music truth. … Continue reading

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Fred Below: You’ve Got to Know What Each Sound Is

SKF NOTE: From my July 9, 1982 phone interview with pioneering drummer Fred Below. In this excerpt, Fred Below gives us his thoughts on the characteristics of great drummers, starting with knowing how to play with dynamics.

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Audio: Freddie Gruber on The Marvelous Magic of Dave Tough

SKF NOTE: Excerpt from my interview with Freddie Gruber in Buddy Rich’s NYC apartment circa 1983-84. I posted my memory of this interview on an earlier post. I am so grateful to have met and interviewed gifted people like Freddie Gruber, … Continue reading

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