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Down Beat Readers’ Best Drummers 1969

SKF NOTE: When I was a high schooler, Down Beat was about the only available music magazine, with its focus on jazz. But that was okay. Jazz drummers were still the standard by which all popular music drummers were measured. … Continue reading

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Buddy Rich’s Perfect Snare Drum

SKF NOTE: This excerpt is from one of the best drum interviews I’ve ever read. It was a two-part Down Beat interview of Buddy Rich by his long-time friend and fellow musician, Mel Torme. Both interview parts were published in … Continue reading

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Remembering ‘The World’s Greatest Drummer’

SKF NOTE – My Uncle Bob sparked my lifelong love of all things drums. And one vivid recollection of Uncle Bob, probably in the late 1950s or early 1960s (he died when I was age 14) is him telling my … Continue reading

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Peart – Transitions Are the Weakness of Many a Drummer

SKF NOTE: One more of my favorite interview moments of Neil Peart explaining his drumming. Neil Peart: Transitions are much overlooked. But they’re the weakness of many a drummer. He can lay down a nice feel and move to another … Continue reading

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Gene Krupa – Not Bad for a Young Upstart

SKF NOTE: I wrote this column. It appeared originally in the Piscataquis Observer newspaper, May 31, 2019. Since I am no longer employed at the Maine State House (1989 – 2012), I haven’t tried this experiment. But every now and … Continue reading

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