Monthly Archives: May 2017

Willy Wonka and the Talking Drum Concept

SKF NOTE: I love this concept, this approach to playing the drumset. Talking drums, indeed. Even more, I would love hearing David Dockery — or another drummer comfortable with this approach — using it within a band. Comping behind other … Continue reading

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Spread the Word About Suicide Prevention

SKF NOTE: I write a weekly newspaper column for Maine’s Piscataquis Observer. Most of my topics are not germane to this blog, but this week the topic fits. Spread the word about suicide prevention Scott K. Fish, Special to the … Continue reading

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Keith Copeland – Preserving Mainstream Jazz for Black Kids (1984) 

SKF NOTE: I rediscovered my Keith Copeland interview transcript in July 2015. Keith and I spoke over dinner at a Centre Island, NY restaurant. I have forgotten the restaurant name. Neither do I remember how this interview came to pass. … Continue reading

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Long Lost Monk Album Set for Release

SKF NOTE: My friend, Christina, brought this new Monk release to my attention. It’s such a treat. Just when I thought I had heard all of Thelonious Monk’s recorded music – a never before released studio recording emerges — and … Continue reading

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Roy Haynes ‘Out of the Afternoon’ Photo

SKF NOTE: A favorite photo by Chuck Stewart of Roy Haynes from Haynes’s Out of the Afternoon CD booklet. Great album with Roland Kirk, Tommy Flanagan, and Henry Grimes.

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Barry Keane’s Onstage Drumset for Gordon Lightfoot

SKF NOTE: I’ve known Barry Keane more than half my life — since 1980 or 1981 when we met for his feature interview with Modern Drummer. Last April we caught up after Gordon Lightfoot’s concert in Orono, Maine. I wrote … Continue reading

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Gary Chester – Teaching as a Way of Life

SKF NOTE: This is an excerpt from my Sept. 18, 1982 with Gary Chester which I transcribed, edited, and published as a Modern Drummer feature interview. Other than a few of my Mm-hm‘s — useless mouth sounds I’ve since learned … Continue reading

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