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Alan Dawson: Students as Studio Drummers

SKF NOTE: Ron Spagnardi asked me to interview two drummers for Modern Drummer‘s 10th Anniversary issue published in January 1986: Neil Peart and Alan Dawson. I don’t know exactly when this interview took place, but it was certainly in 1985. … Continue reading

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A Sound All Your Own is Most Important

  SKF NOTE: I always read books with a pencil nearby for underlining good passages so I can easily return to them. Sound is at the heart of the musical conception of great jazz musicians. Miles Davis once said to … Continue reading

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Alan Cornett: The Guts, Talent to Start All Over

SKF NOTE: Alan Cornett practiced, became a good drummer, and then misfortune forced him to either start all over or quit. Mr. Cornett chose to start all over. God bless all musicians like him. What first caught my attention is the … Continue reading

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Steve Hideg: Pursuing Freedom Through Jazz Drumming

SKF NOTE: Take a moment to read Steve Hideg’s, Neither Bills Nor Advancing Age Can Dim the Glow of a Drummer’s Dream,  and watch the accompanying video. I almost didn’t. That would’ve been my loss. For me, Mr. Hideg’s story … Continue reading

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Name the Drummer, Solve a Mystery

SKF NOTE: Thanks in advance to the person who solves this mystery. A member of drummer Gary Chester’s Facebook page would like to identify the drummer in these photos. My best guess: Irv Cottler. As of this writing we don’t … Continue reading

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Audio: Artimus Pyle – Where My Style Comes From (1982)

SKF NOTE: I don’t have much to add to my written introduction to Artimus Pyle’s Modern Drummer interview in April 1983 – which is available here. Paul T. Riddle as co-interviewer was great. His friendship and history with Artimus were … Continue reading

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Thinking of Paul Humphrey

SKF NOTE: Thinking – a few posts ago – about service drummers vs solo drummers, I was reminded by this 1980 Premier ad of a key service drummer: Paul Humphrey. Growing up believing that a professional drummer had to know … Continue reading

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