Category Archives: Audio

Waiting for Ed Blackwell

SKF NOTE: More than 50 years later I still can’t believe there are no outtakes to the 1966 album, The Avant Garde, by John Coltrane and Don Cherry. This album, which I picked up as a cut-out, was my introduction … Continue reading

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Louis Bellson ‘Intensive Care’ Piano Trio Album (1978)

SKF NOTE: I spotted this ad for a Louis Bellson “limited edition” piano trio album, Intensive Care, on the Fall 1978 Jazz magazine back cover. I’ve heard Bellson and bassist Ray Brown on several recordings. Pianist Paul Smith plays perfect … Continue reading

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Camellia Akhamie Kies: Exceptional Drummer

SKF NOTE: Last night, quite by accident, I came across the Guitar Center video profile of drummer Camellia Akhamie Kies. I was expecting the-same-as-every-other-pop/funk-drummer. Boy, was I wrong. I can’t remember the last time I was this moved by a … Continue reading

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“Three Way Split” – A Perfect Philly Joe Solo

SKF NOTE: There was a period of time I was listening to lots of Hank Mobley albums. Both Mobley with other bands — like Miles Davis’s — and albums made under his own name. Way back in the early 1970s … Continue reading

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Fred Below – Full Interview – Tape A Side A (1982)

SKF NOTE: Among my interviews with drummers, a few are the only known interviews – at least full length interviews – with a few drummers. Jim Gordon is one. Frankie Dunlop is another. And Fred Below is a third. Fred … Continue reading

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