Monthly Archives: March 2023

Paul Motian – Songwriter Drummer

SKF NOTE: Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts described his first hearing of jazz pianist Bill Evans’s early 1960s trio as a group where no one, including drummer Paul Motian, served as timekeeper. Instead, observed Watts, he heard and felt the … Continue reading

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How Does He Do That?

SKF NOTE: I’ve been asked later this morning to take part in my friend Jason Carey‘s mini-documentary. My role is to talk on camera about how this blog, Life Beyond the Cymbals, came about. That is, I’m to talk about … Continue reading

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DrummingNewsNetwork Features SKFBlog

SKF NOTE: is an impressive web site where it’s hard to imagine a part of the drum world not covered. A few months ago, owner, Paul Rogne, and I, had our first phone conversation. Two weeks ago Mr. … Continue reading

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Close Up on Papa Jo Jones

SKF NOTE: Drum pioneer Jonathan “Papa Jo” Jones playing his signature “Caravan” drum solo in 1978. This video is brand new to me. The web has a few excellent videos of Papa Jo drum solos. This 1957 “Caravan” drum solo … Continue reading

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Buddy Rich – Always a Lesson Learned

SKF NOTE: Buddy Rich endorsed Ludwig drums, Rogers drums, and several other drum brands. But in my mind it’s hard to separate Buddy Rich from Slingerland drums. On one knowledgeable person said Buddy endorsed Slingerland 1938-1946, switched for a … Continue reading

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