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Sorry, Charlie – You Were a Great Drummer

In 1981, when Max Weinberg and I interviewed Charlie Watts in his New York City hotel room, Charlie seemed sad and, as a drummer, unfulfilled. He said anyone who said his drumming was great had no ears. Greatness, Charlie told … Continue reading

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Gravatt – If I Could Describe How I Played Drums

“Describing music is very difficult. Eric Gravatt used to say that if he could describe how he played drums, he wouldn’t need to play them.” Source: The Wayne Shorter Interview, by Scott Yanow, Down Beat, April 1988

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Great Jazz Drummers of 1980s – Would I Change My Mind?

SKF NOTE: Somewhere 1980-1983, when I was on staff at Modern Drummer, I received a call from author Burt Korall. Mr. Korall was among the writers I absorbed in Down Beat magazine and jazz album liner notes. Getting phone calls … Continue reading

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Tony Williams – M-O-P

SKF NOTE: Here’s a Tony Williams story told by bassist Ron Carter in the liner notes to the newly released album, Roy Hargrove-Mulgrew Miller: In Harmony, by Resonance Records. It’s a splendid album of high level trumpet and piano music … Continue reading

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Rich, Krupa -‘Evolution’ – Essential Listening (1962)

SKF NOTE: Thank you to Verve records for making available Burnin’ Beat, a 1962 studio date wih Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa. After finding this album as a vinyl cut-out in the 1970s – it had a significant impact on … Continue reading

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