Category Archives: Drum/Music News

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

Camellia Akhamie Kies: Exceptional Drummer

SKF NOTE: Last night, quite by accident, I came across the Guitar Center video profile of drummer Camellia Akhamie Kies. I was expecting the-same-as-every-other-pop/funk-drummer. Boy, was I wrong. I can’t remember the last time I was this moved by a … Continue reading

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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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