Category Archives: Drum/Music News

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

Three Roy’s and a Dawson: In Concert 1971

SKF NOTE: Here’s another hour of in concert video of some top shelf musicians. The drummers are Roy Haynes with Jimmy Smith, Roy McCurdy with Cannonball Adderley, Alan Dawson with Dave Brubeck, and Roy Brooks with Charlie Mingus.

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’72 All-Star Swing Festival: Great Drummers Throughout

SKF NOTE: I just came across this 1972 Timex All-Star Swing Festival with great drummers throughout. Harold Jones with Count Basie, Rufus “Speedy” Jones with Duke Ellington, Gene Krupa with Benny Goodman Quartet, Alan Dawson with Dave Brubeck, Bobby Durham … Continue reading

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Teena Lyle: Genderless Hands

SKF NOTE: Great advice from percussionist Teena Lyle, now on her third tour with Van Morrison. #WCW: Van Morrison’s Touring Percussionist Teena Lyle December 5, 2018 Q. Any advice for girls contemplating getting started and making it in this arena? … Continue reading

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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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