Category Archives: Audio

Roy Burns Drum Clinic – Circa 1974

SKF NOTE: In August 2014, a few months after starting my blog, I posted my recollection about a Roy Burns drum clinic I had attended around 1974. I was newly living in Davenport, Iowa — the Quad Cities area of … Continue reading

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Freddie Gruber – I Played Leedy & Ludwig Drums

SKF NOTE: Sorting through another box of my audio cassettes, I found the third and final part of my interview with Freddie Gruber circa 1982. We were seated at the kitchen table in Buddy Rich’s NYC apartment. Here’s my original … Continue reading

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Neil Peart: The Ludwig Drum Endorsement How and Why

SKF NOTE: This is part of a conversation with Neil Peart circa 1987, when he had recently endorsed Ludwig drums. We talk about why he switched, but more interesting, how he switched. Neil talks about having six identical drumsets from … Continue reading

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Billy Higgins Didn’t Play Loud, But Had Such an Even Groove, Beat

SKF NOTE: An instructive four minute interview segment with musician Jimmy Heath where he talks about the wonders of Billy Higgins, but also, some funny observations about Heath’s playing with Elvin Jones. “[Elvin] didn’t give you a one [beat] all … Continue reading

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Manna from Heaven: A New Coltrane Quartet ‘Lost’ Album

SKF NOTE: Well, what do you know! The classic John Coltrane Quartet recorded an album in 1963, “two years before A Love Supreme, and then stashed it away,” writes the New York Times. The family of Coltrane’s first wife, Juanita … Continue reading

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Nice to Meet and Hear You, Smokey Johnson

SKF NOTE: There’s always one more drummer to learn about, isn’t there? This morning, scrolling through online news I stop at this provocative headline about New Orleans drummer Smokey Johnson: “His playing wasn’t just hot; this New Orleans drummer was … Continue reading

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Roy Haynes: Still Standing Tall

SKF NOTE: Thank you Fox 5 in New York for this uplifting story on Roy Haynes. Also, thank you Shawn Martin from The Great Drummers Facebook page for bringing this video to my attention. A one-of-a-kind man and drummer. It’s … Continue reading

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