Category Archives: SKF Blog

Papa Jo – Shadow Wilson was the Greatest Natural Drummer

SKF NOTE – I’m reading, and enjoying, Rifftide: The Life and Opinions of Papa Jo Jones, edited by Paul Devlin from taped interviews by Albert Murray. About halfway through the book I have come across a number of gems from … Continue reading

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When This Moment Passes

Now is a time of uncertainty for many of us. A time when our plans and our usual routines have been upended and some of us have extra hours on our hands. When this moment passes, we will look back … Continue reading

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Stems – Living As if Everything is Your Swan Song

Stems from ainslie henderson on Vimeo. SKF NOTE – This is video short is a brief look at a sentimental percussion ensemble. “What I love about stop motion puppets is that they have this inherent sadness,” says filmmaker and musician … Continue reading

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Jim Gordon – Full Interview – Tape A Side A

SKF NOTE: I posted the back story, the genesis, of this interview, on my blog, right here, so I won’t repeat the story. This interview with musician Jim Gordon took place January 11, 1982. That makes it 38 years old. … Continue reading

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Unreleased 1959 Art Blakey and Jazz Messengers Album Arrives April 24

SKF NOTE: On April 24, Blue Note Records will release Just Coolin’, a never-before-released studio album by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers that was recorded on March 8, 1959 in Rudy Van Gelder’s living room studio in Hackensack, New … Continue reading

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Ed Soph – You Can’t Just Think Rhythmically

SKF NOTE: At 4:30 this morning I was reading a typed copy of my 1978 Ed Soph interview. Soph was always interesting to interview. Smart, curious, a strong grasp of drum history; a player who seemed always willing to re-examine … Continue reading

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Neil Peart – Fun with the Four-On-the-Floor Bass Drum

SKF NOTE: This excerpt is from the full transcript of my 1986 conversation with Neil Peart. Here’s the back story. Right before I asked this question about playing in 4/4 time, Neil spoke at some length about using odd-time signatures … Continue reading

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