Category Archives: Audio

Will Calhoun: My Drum Gear (1989)

SKF NOTE: Among my favorite interviews, I am sorry to say none of my interview with Will Calhoun ever saw the light of day. By July 1989 I had been gone from my spot as Modern Drummer‘s managing editor almost … Continue reading

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Keith Copeland – Preserving Mainstream Jazz for Black Kids (1984) 

SKF NOTE: I rediscovered my Keith Copeland interview transcript in July 2015. Keith and I spoke over dinner at a Centre Island, NY restaurant. I have forgotten the restaurant name. Neither do I remember how this interview came to pass. … Continue reading

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Gary Chester – Teaching as a Way of Life

SKF NOTE: This is an excerpt from my Sept. 18, 1982 with Gary Chester which I transcribed, edited, and published as a Modern Drummer feature interview. Other than a few of my Mm-hm‘s — useless mouth sounds I’ve since learned … Continue reading

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Artimus Pyle: Copying Other Drummers’ Licks is the Hardest

SKF NOTE: In this excerpt from Artimus Pyle’s June 23, 1982 interview for Modern Drummer, Artimus talks about how hard it was having to learn Bob Burns‘s Lynyrd Skynyrd drum parts note for note. But it was also helpful. The … Continue reading

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Frankie Dunlop: Playing With Monk Was The Greatest Challenge Of My Melodic Drumming

SKF NOTE: This excerpt begins right where my earlier excerpt, Frankie Dunlop: Monk’s Lesson on Slow vs Fast Playing, ends. Here Frankie talks more about developing his melodic drumming with Monk. This segment ends with Frankie citing his greatest drumming … Continue reading

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Dave Weckl On Drumming Before and After Studying with Gary Chester (1983)

SKF NOTE: This is excerpt is from my August 5, 1983 interview with Dave Weckl. Modern Drummer published a much shorter version of this interview in April 1984 as an Up and Coming profile of Weckl. I’ve posted a copy … Continue reading

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Artimus Pyle – How He Got the Lynyrd Skynyrd Gig (1982) 

SKF NOTE: In this second excerpt from Artimus Pyle’s June 23, 1982 interview for Modern Drummer, Artimus and Paul T. Riddle tell how, around 1972-1973, Artimus – with help from Marshall Tucker Band members, Charlie Daniels, and others who believed … Continue reading

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