Category Archives: Audio

Alan Dawson: Students as Studio Drummers

SKF NOTE: Ron Spagnardi asked me to interview two drummers for Modern Drummer‘s 10th Anniversary issue published in January 1986: Neil Peart and Alan Dawson. I don’t know exactly when this interview took place, but it was certainly in 1985. … Continue reading

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Audio: Artimus Pyle – Where My Style Comes From (1982)

SKF NOTE: I don’t have much to add to my written introduction to Artimus Pyle’s Modern Drummer interview in April 1983 – which is available here. Paul T. Riddle as co-interviewer was great. His friendship and history with Artimus were … Continue reading

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Philly Joe Jones: Nobody Plays Like That

SKF NOTE: Just when I least expected it, up pops Benny Golson & The Philadelphians on Amazon’s $5.00 jazz album list with superb Philly Joe Jones drumming throughout. I’m posting Stablemates from the album as an example. Listen to Philly … Continue reading

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Smokey Dacus – Studio Drum Recording with Bob Wills

SKF NOTE: Smokey Dacus said he is the first drumset player to play with a country band. The full transcript of our interview is available on my blog here. The start of this tape is clipped because I had switched … Continue reading

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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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