Category Archives: Drum/Music News

News items of note, present and past, about drummers and other musicians.

Charles McPherson – A Musician’s Scope Should be Wide

SKF NOTE: At age 81 Charles McPherson is still creating beautiful music. Jazz first “clicked” for me while I was listening to Charles Mingus‘s band at Newport 1970. Then I listened to everything Mingus — which included a ton of … Continue reading

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Buddy Rich Slingerland Ad 1968

SKF NOTE: A Slingerland ad found on the inside back cover of the August 22, 1968 Down Beat magazine. This is the drumset I will probably forever associate with Buddy Rich. It is what he played most of my formative … Continue reading

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Newly Released Monk Quartet Concert Album Coming

SKF NOTE: Drummer Ben Riley is in excellent form on this never before released Thelonious Monk concert, Palo Alto, slated for release in July 2020. From the reviews I’m reading, and based on this advance release of Epistrophy from the … Continue reading

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Johnny Vidacovich LP – Like a Scent of Magnolia Blossoms

SKF NOTE: Last week I bought and listened to Johnny Vidacovich‘s ‘Bout Time album. What a joy, a treat. Vidacovich is another drummer I’ve known about for 40 years or so, but outside of the occasional song video, or article … Continue reading

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Touched by Jimmy Cobb

SKF NOTE: It’s funny how musical energy and communication moves, travels invisibly. Two days ago, May 23, I came across my digital copy of Miles Davis’s In Person Friday and Saturday Nights at the Blackhawk, Complete. My Macbook Pro had … Continue reading

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