Monthly Archives: February 2018

The Beat Changes the Entire Style

SKF: Researching for my History of Rock Drumming series, Robert Palmer’s book, Deep Blues: A Musical and Cultural History of the Mississippi Delta, was quite helpful. This morning, leafing through a few pages from Deep Blues I had photocopied in … Continue reading

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Neil Peart: ‘Oh, Great. Time to Practice.’

SKF NOTE: This is from the transcript of one of my Neil Peart interviews. The back story is here. In answer to a question, Neil described his typical day when not touring with Rush. His typical day showed a man … Continue reading

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Mel Lewis Plays Herbie Hancock ($4.95)

SKF NOTE: This album, Mel Lewis & the Jazz Orchestra Play the Compositions of Herbie Hancock Live in Montreux, looks promising. Mel Lewis’s Orchestra in concert playing Herbie Hancock tunes arranged by Bob Mintzer. At $4.95 (as of Feb. 26, … Continue reading

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Matt Frenette: Drummer, Producer Recording Studio Relationship (1983)

SKF NOTE: The band, Loverboy, was very popular at the time of my interview with Matt Frenette for a Modern Drummer cover story. This was the second interview with Matt. The first was done by one of my all-time favorite … Continue reading

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Buddy Rich – Folk Singer?

SKF NOTE: I knew there was a time in Buddy Rich’s life when he stopped playing drums, and tried to make it as a singer and dancer. But listening just now to Les Paul tell a story of Buddy Rich … Continue reading

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If You Want to Have the Drums Sound Like John Bonham

SKF NOTE: The full story includes an interesting account of how Kiss and recording engineers, using, in part, an elevator shaft, produced Eric Carr‘s “massive drum sound” on Kiss’s [1982] Creatures of the Night album. I almost included the essence … Continue reading

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Elvin Jones Trio in Japan 1981

SKF NOTE: This video of an atypical Elvin Jones Trio is a welcome addition. It captures a live performance of Elvin with Richard Davis (bass), and Fumio Karashima (piano). This tv appearance includes a short Elvin Jones interview. In spite … Continue reading

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