Category Archives: Audio

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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Bass Drums – Gary Chester Asks, Neil Peart Answers

SKF NOTE: For years now I’ve had on a hard drive a digitized version of one of my Neil Peart interviews. The sound volume of the initial tape transfer was very low. Consequently I’ve never been able to use it. … Continue reading

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Credit Where Due: Paul English Invented Wooden Brushes

SKF NOTE: In 1981, when I interviewed Paul English for Modern Drummer, I was early into my self-study of country music. This was a music that, at its inception, and for many years after, didn’t use drummers. In many instances, … Continue reading

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Buddy Guy – Being With the Greats Broke My Heart

SKF NOTE: Neil Ralph was arguably my best friend at Harborfields High School. An accomplished musician, we certainly traveled many musical miles together. We certainly spent time listening to and playing Chicago blues tunes. Fast forward to 1980 when Buddy’s … Continue reading

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Dannie Richmond’s Magnificent Musical Drum Solo

SKF NOTE: I owe so much to Charles Mingus. While listening to his small band (quintet?) at Newport 1970 jazz made sense for the first time. I’d been self-studying jazz for a long time and liked much of what I … Continue reading

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