Category Archives: Drum/Music News

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

Remo Belli Taught Me to Listen

SKF NOTE: A brief reminder of an important skill. I’m not surprised Remo Belli was “the best listener.” Think of all the feedback Mr. Belli must have considered, solicited and unsolicited, while perfecting his plastic drum heads. drummagazine.com 9 Questions … Continue reading

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Neal Sausen Thoughts on Drum Guru Freddie Gruber May 18, 2015

SKF NOTE: Thank you, Neal Sausen, for sharing with the world some of your recollections of drum lessons with Freddie Gruber. Very well done. And thank you, Aditya Tyagi, for bringing this video to my attention through my YouTube page.

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Curious About ‘White Album’ Demos, Outtakes, Photos, Video

SKF NOTE: Remixes of great Sixties popular music I’ve heard are hit or miss. Having grown up listening to the original mixes, the clarity (sterility?) of some Sixties remixes kills the music’s charm. The Motown remixes are the most infamous … Continue reading

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Unreleased Frankie Dunlop with Monk Quartet 1963

SKF NOTE: Wow! Unreleased Monk with Frankie Dunlop on drums. Live! Thank you, Gearbox Records. I bought an MP3 copy of this last night. Frankie, as always, plays great. His drum sound is deep, wide open. Don’t miss it. Here’s … Continue reading

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The King of Pandeiro: Yikes!

SKF NOTE: Robert Leebrick, after my “Hidden Drummers of Iran” post, wrote asking me if I had ever heard of Wellington Moreira the King of Pandeiro. Mr. Leebrick included a Facebook video which, unfortunately, I am unable to embed here. … Continue reading

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‘Hidden Drummers of Iran’ Documentary

SKF NOTE: I came across this amazing drummer in an online news story about a Kickstarter campaign to fund a “Hidden Drummers of Iran” documentary. Ruairi Glasheen, the author of the news story, is also the “Hidden Drummers” documentarian. This … Continue reading

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Father of the Modern Steel Drum, Dies at 90

nytimes.com Ellie Mannette, Father of the Modern Steel Drum, Dies at 90 By Karen Zraick — Aug. 31, 2018 As a child in Port of Spain, Trinidad’s capital, Mr. Mannette became fascinated with…bands…using trash cans and buckets as drums…to create … Continue reading

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