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Frankie Dunlop – Johnny Rowland Showed Me the Key to Coordination

SKF NOTE: An excerpt from the edited transcript of my 1984 interview with Frankie Dunlop. Just before this part of the interview we had been discussing Frankie’s formative years as a drummer. The reference here to Charli Persip and Ed … Continue reading

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Neil Peart – My Antipathy Toward Machines

SKF NOTE: As of this writing I don’t remember where or when this interview with Neil Peart took place. The latest reference I’m finding is to the Rush song Prime Mover which was released in 1987. When I figure out … Continue reading

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Alan Dawson – Respect for the Roots, History of Jazz

SKF NOTE: This interview circa 1986-87 is from my sit down with Alan Dawson in his Massachusetts home for Modern Drummer‘s 10th Anniversary issue. I’ve posted several excerpts from the interview — audio and print — on this blog. In … Continue reading

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Still Smiling, Marveling at Elvin Jones’s Drumming

SKF NOTE: Happy birthday, Elvin Jones. Earlier this week I came across a Blue Note album I didn’t know existed: The Magnificent Thad Jones Vol. 3. What a lineup of musicians. I’ve written before of how I came to know … Continue reading

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When Jazz Was Played by ‘Routine’ Musicians

SKF NOTE: I still find great value in reading biographies and autobiographies of past jazz masters, including those musicians who were at the beginning of jazz. Danny Barker is such a musician. I bought his book, A Life in Jazz … Continue reading

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Ed Soph: Learning Opportunities? Times Have Changed (1985)

SKF NOTE: This is another excerpt from my 1985 Ed Soph interview. The back story is posted here. Ed makes several notable points here about the passing of opportunities for young drummers to study great players in club settings. Of … Continue reading

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The Hunt for Gary Chester Memorabilia

SKF NOTE: Here’s a recent SOS from Katrina Chester and Tony Cruz. They are working on a Gary Chester documentary. In this video they are asking all of us to consider letting Katrina and Tony have access to any Gary … Continue reading

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