Category Archives: Drum/Music News

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

Neil Peart’s ‘Who Reads Modern Drummer?’ Letter 1982

SKF NOTE: It’s clear from Neil Peart’s letter that I lost his first “quote” meant for use in his Who Reads Modern Drummer? ad. Yikes! But Neil’s response was gracious. I don’t remember if we — Modern Drummer — requested … Continue reading

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Mickey Roker with Lee Morgan – ‘The Complete Live at the Lighthouse’ Coming Soon

SKF NOTE: Blue Note Records has some exciting news for fans of trumpeter Lee Morgan and drummer Mickey Roker. The Complete Live at the Lighthouse session will be released this July 30. That’s 12 sets of music, including four hours … Continue reading

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Elvin Jones – Freethinker (1969)

SKF NOTE: How many drummers were (are?) impacted by the Elvin Jones Trio with Joe Farrell on saxophones and Jimmy Garrison on bass? I remember my first experience hearing this trio and I wrote about it here. Elvin had variations … Continue reading

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The Wisdom of Buddy Rich Outfit No. 80 N

SKF NOTE: This Slingerland ad brings back memories. Pre-internet, when magazine drum ads were a key source for studying drummers’ sets, this ad was among the best. To begin with, this is a back end look at Buddy Rich‘s drum … Continue reading

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Down Beat Readers’ Best Drummers 1969

SKF NOTE: When I was a high schooler, Down Beat was about the only available music magazine, with its focus on jazz. But that was okay. Jazz drummers were still the standard by which all popular music drummers were measured. … Continue reading

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