Monthly Archives: November 2017

Living with Great Sounds of Unknown Drummers

SKF NOTE: There was a moment, after deciding in 1982, to write a History of Rock Drumming, I realized how huge a task was ahead of me. Much later, there was a moment I knew there probably would always be … Continue reading

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Tony Williams Smiles (1983)

SKF NOTE: A favorite shot of Tony Williams.

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Shelly Manne: Musicians Have a Great Life

SKF NOTE: I came across Shelly Manne’s obituary a few days ago. His playing had a major impact on me — and I still get excited discovering Manne albums I missed, and Manne albums newly reissued, or available for the … Continue reading

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Keith Copeland: Approaching Trios to Symphony Orchestras

SKF NOTE: You don’t see many wordy posts on Life Beyond the Cymbals. Now and then I find an interview excerpt where a musician covers a topic beautifully, with an answer a bit longer than usual. But it would be … Continue reading

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Buddy Rich: A Great Psychologist Who Knew How to Inspire People

SKF NOTE: One more reflection on Buddy Rich from a musician who knew and worked with Buddy. Thank you, Charles Owens. Buddy Rich: “I was mystified by Buddy’s drum technique. He could play a 9-stroke roll on his snare drum … Continue reading

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