Monthly Archives: April 2019

Max Roach – The Quarter Note is Basic

SKF NOTE: For a time, as a lesson in what real life speaking looks like on paper, I transcribed my drummer interviews and included every stammer, stutter, unfinished sentence, and incomplete thought. The result was an accurate transcription of my … Continue reading

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Max Roach – The Onus is Always on the Rhythm Section

SKF NOTE: Interviewing Max Roach on July 15, 1981 in his Connecticut home was, and is, one of my life’s highlights. Hearing Gene Krupa ignited my lifelong love of drumming. Hearing Max Roach for the first time gave my drumming … Continue reading

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Larry Graham Creates Bass/Snare Drums Bass Guitar Style

SKF NOTE: His distinct, revolutionary, much imitated bass playing, Larry Graham tells the interviewer, is Graham imitating a bass drum and a snare drum. That bass style help land Graham his gig with Sly and the Family Stone. “After we … Continue reading

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Kenny Clarke Swingin’ ‘Til the Cows Come Home

SKF NOTE: Thank you once more to Bret Primack (aka Jazz Video Guy) for this swinging 12 minutes with jazz greats on the front line and in the rhythm section. Kenny Clarke swinging ‘til the cows come home on this … Continue reading

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Who Cares About Drum History?

SKF NOTE: There will always be drummers interested in drum history, and drummers who aren’t interested. That’s my conclusion after years concerned the who-cares-about-drum-history? side would bury the we-care-about-drum-history side. Based on my experience, if the former prevails, important pieces … Continue reading

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