Monthly Archives: December 2017

Fred Below: Playing with Dynamics

SKF NOTE: This is another excerpt from my July 9, 1982 phone interview with Fred Below. I am a great admirer of dynamics in music – rather than music played loud only. The Chicago blues artists recording for Chess were … Continue reading

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James Black: How I Got Into Playing Jazz

SKF NOTE: My James Black interview appeared in the December 1982 Modern Drummer. The first person to get me excited about James Black’s drumming was Jaimoe. We were listening to records and Jaimoe asked me if I’d ever heard James … Continue reading

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Roy Haynes – You Figure The Interviewer Will Be Creative (1978)

SKF NOTE: This excerpt is from my interview with Roy Haynes at his home on November 15, 1978. Roy Haynes was a challenging interview, questioning or dissecting most of my questions. It almost impossible for me to have the go … Continue reading

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Simon Kirke – Bad Company Drum Recording Studio Setup

SKF NOTE: Simon Kirke‘s excerpt is from a longer conversation we taped. I had forgotten about it until I came across it digitizing my work tapes. It’s clear from this tape that freelance writer Simon Goodwin had previously interviewed Kirke … Continue reading

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Art Blakey’s 1960 Gretsch Drumset

SKF NOTE: A classic Gretsch ad from 1960 with a classic drummer. I always favored the Gretsch logo as it appears here on Art Blakey‘s front bass drum head, but was never able to find a logo like that to … Continue reading

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Paul T. Riddle: The Influence of Joe Morello

SKF NOTE: This excerpt is Paul T. Riddle talking with me about the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s Greatest Hits album. Specifically, Paul talks about Joe Morello‘s playing and sound and the influence Morello with the Brubeck Quartet had on Paul’s drumming. … Continue reading

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Myron Grombacher’s Ludwig Drumset 1983

SKF NOTE: Whatever goes around, comes around. The first time I saw this photo of Myron Grombacher‘s 1983 Ludwig drumset, I thought of earlier drummers such as Chick Webb using the same concept with cymbal stands. I also thought Grombacher’s … Continue reading

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