Monthly Archives: September 2017

J.R. Mitchell: All The Time, Music Has to Swing

SKF NOTE: J.R. Mitchell was an interesting man to interview in 1983. A multi-faceted musician, Mr. Mitchell played drums, taught college classes in jazz history, had his own record label, and played, in his own words, “creative music.” Before meeting … Continue reading

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Keith Copeland: Latin Drummers to Study

SKF NOTE: This excerpt is Keith Copeland’s expanded answer to my question: Let’s consider somebody who wants to study the great jazz drummers, but so far his only listening/playing experience has been in rock. He has no idea where to … Continue reading

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Paul English on the Making of ‘Stardust’ (1981)

SKFNOTE: In 1981, Willie Nelson‘s drummer and friend, Paul English, interviewed with me by phone. Here’s what Mr. English had to say about the making of Nelson’s classic Stardust album. Paul English: We done Stardust in three days. We’ve never … Continue reading

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Saving an Old Birdseye Maple Snare Drum

SKF NOTE: Thank you, Lee Vinson, at The Boston Drum Builders, a website devoted to Boston’s early 20th century drum makers, for your help in bringing to light this old snare drum I bought at a yard sale. The snares … Continue reading

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What You Play or Don’t Play Defines You

Neal Wilkinson talks the “masters” of drumming and Carole King musical Beautiful By Rhythm magazine “The thing I find most challenging…on…every gig, is to play creatively in a song setting. Rather than playing millions of notes, …I’ve always been focused … Continue reading

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Frankie Dunlop: Max Roach Took Me Under His Wing

SKF NOTE: Prior to interviewing Frankie Dunlop, Mel Lewis told me he thought Frankie, when he first came to New York City, had studied with Max Roach. This interview excerpt is Frankie’s response to what Mel Lewis said.

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Great Price: Elvin, DeJohnette with Joe Farrell

SKF NOTE: Last night I bought several MP3 jazz albums, among them, Joe Farrell’s Moon Germs. In 1972 I first bought the Moon Germs LP — and have been waiting many years for its reissue. This is a quartet date … Continue reading

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