Monthly Archives: October 2017

T. Bruce Wittet on Keith Moon (1982)

SKF NOTE: This excerpt is one of several messages I rediscovered this morning on an unmarked audiocassette. While working at Modern Drummer it was often easier to interview people if I taped our conversation. That way I could focus better … Continue reading

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Paul Motian: Gene Krupa and Chick Webb

SKF NOTE: This is a very brief snippet from my interview with Paul Motian. An edited version of this interview appeared in the April/May 1980 Modern Drummer — which means I produced this interview as a freelance writer prior to … Continue reading

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George Harrison: Why Be the 501st Greatest Rock Drummer?

SKF NOTE: Great advice from George Harrison to Zakir Hussain: Be yourself. And Zakir had the wisdom and maturity to take Harrison’s advice to heart. As a side note, the drummers are Harrison’s “Living in the Material World” are: Jim … Continue reading

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Most Innovative Percussion Product Since the Drumstick?

SKF NOTE: A blast from the past. October 1985, to be exact.

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Artimus Pyle: Drumming with Awareness of Space

SKF NOTE: The three voices on this excerpt are Artimus Pyle, Paul T. Riddle, and Scott K Fish. We three were conducting an interview with Artimus which was published in Modern Drummer. As mentioned in my first post about this … Continue reading

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Fleetwood Mac: Not Really How a Rhythm Section Should Work

SKF NOTE: Fleetwood Mac was among my favorites back in the 1960s when that version of Fleetwood Mac was considered a British blues band with Peter Green, Jeremy Spencer, Danny Kirwan, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood.  Fleetwood Mac’s original version … Continue reading

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Grady Tate’s Drum Lesson from Papa Jo Jones

SKF NOTE: Count me among the listeners blown away by Grady Tate’s drumming with Stan Getz on the Sweet Rain album (1967). Chick Corea (piano), and Ron Carter (bass) make up the rest of that Getz quartet. Clean, musical, swinging … Continue reading

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