Monthly Archives: December 2018

Al Duncan – Great Ears and a Good Memory (Circa 1981)

SKFNOTE: Last week I found an old cassette labeled on one side,“Al Duncan,” among my old cassettes. The cassette itself needed repair, which I did. I then digitized the Al Duncan interview and, for the first time, I am posting … Continue reading

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Dave Tough: Absolutely Perfect Bass Drumming

SKF NOTE: James Lincoln Collier‘s book, Benny Goodman and the Swing Era, has a few interesting Davey Tough insights. This Sid Weiss quote is one example. I don’t recall reading or hearing another musician saying Tough could play faster bass … Continue reading

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Ravish Momin – Learning How He Makes Music

SKF NOTE: Musician Ravish Momin was good enough to consent to an interview two weeks ago. I will posting excerpts in the days ahead. Ravish is a drummer who first caught my attention in June 2017 in an online news … Continue reading

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Miles Davis on Philly Joe Jones

SKF NOTE: Nat Hentoff‘s “Jazz Is” was a Christmas present to me from my sister, Maribeth, in 1978. Her inscription says, “Hope you don’t already have this. I can’t wait ’til you’re on the pages of a book like this. … Continue reading

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Fred Below: I’m Thinking Melodically All the Time

SKF NOTE: Fred Below had been an inspiration to me for many years. I was surprised, because it was not typical of blues drummers, to hear Fred Below outline his extensive musical background and his influence in shaping the forms … Continue reading

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Teena Lyle: Genderless Hands

SKF NOTE: Great advice from percussionist Teena Lyle, now on her third tour with Van Morrison. #WCW: Van Morrison’s Touring Percussionist Teena Lyle December 5, 2018 Q. Any advice for girls contemplating getting started and making it in this arena? … Continue reading

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Taking a Chance on Fish

Taking a chance on Fish Scott K. Fish, Special to the Piscataquis Observer • November 30, 2018 Looking back almost 40 years I can’t imagine not crossing paths with Ron Spagnardi, founder and publisher of Modern Drummer magazine. We were … Continue reading

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