Category Archives: Drum/Music News

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

The Hunt for Gary Chester Memorabilia

SKF NOTE: Here’s a recent SOS from Katrina Chester and Tony Cruz. They are working on a Gary Chester documentary. In this video they are asking all of us to consider letting Katrina and Tony have access to any Gary … Continue reading

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Ray Davies: Happy Mistakes That Make a Band Unique

SKF NOTE: Last year I read and very much enjoyed Ray Davies’s autobiography, Americana: The Kinks, the Riff, the Road: The Story. The book tells the stories of Ray Davies rebuilding his life, musical and personal, post-The Kinks. In this … Continue reading

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Roy Haynes – Previously Unreleased 1961 Live Recording w/ Stan Getz Quartet

SKF NOTE: Listening to my copy as I write. Great band all around. Roy Haynes burns. “Getz At The Gate” is a previously unreleased 1961 live recording from the historic Village Gate in New York City. This release features an … Continue reading

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Hal Blaine – No Parties or Memorials When I Leave the Planet

SKF NOTE: This post is on Hal Blaine’s Facebook page. Regarding funerals, memorials or celebrations, Hal said it better than we can. This is one of many emails he wrote along the same lines… and we will honor his wishes. … Continue reading

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One Hour with Art Blakey at Ronnie Scott’s

SKF NOTE: Researching on the web I found this one-hour Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers set at Ronnie Scott’s. Although I’m familiar with some of the band members from other Blakey incarnations and the musicians’ solo albums, I’m new … Continue reading

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Bill Evans Trio with Philly Joe Jones Live Umbria Jazz 1978

SKF NOTE: Paul Motian, Larry Bunker, Jack DeJohnette, Marty Morrell, Joe LaBarbera — pianist Bill Evans’s trios were home to some amazing drummers. As interesting, Evans’s drummers sounded different from each other. For my ears, the proof of that theory … Continue reading

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Carole King’s Sage Advice on Performing

SKF NOTE: Reading singer/songwriter Carole King’s memoir, A Natural Woman, I am not surprised at finding several words of “keeper” advice for all musicians. Here’s Ms. King’s advice on performing in front of an audience. Performing wasn’t something to fear, … Continue reading

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