Category Archives: SKF Blog

Buddy Rich – Always There Until

SKF NOTE: One afternoon, in March 1987, my Oxford, MD apartment phone rang. Paul T. Riddle was calling from South Carolina. He and I remain friends after I interviewed him in 1980 for Modern Drummer magazine. Paul loves jazz drumming. … Continue reading

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Neil Peart – My Studies with Freddie Gruber

SKF NOTE: This morning in St. Petersburg, FL, downloading for a project, several large video files, I pass the time reading, writing, and ridding my MacBook Pro of unwanted files. I’m also finding some gems, such as Neil Peart’s Freddie … Continue reading

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Write Album Reviews? No Thanks

SKF NOTE: At some point, starting in 1980-1983, Modern Drummer magazine’s editorial staff decided the magazine needed record reviews. Record companies, and drummers, were mailing us their new vinyl LP releases when MD wasn’t reviewing records. We might feature one … Continue reading

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Morello – I Never Use Half the Technique I Have

SKF NOTE: An excerpt from my 1979 Modern Drummer interview with Joe Morello. Just prior to this part of the interview, I told Joe I was sad to read in the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s 25th Anniversary Reunion album, Joe saying, … Continue reading

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Remembering a Music Mentor

SKF NOTE: Leo Feinstein knew a lot about jazz and classical music. For example, customers at Sam Goody’s Walt Whitman Shopping Center store wanting to know which conductor/orchestra recorded the best version of Berlioz’s Symphony Fantastique would get a learned … Continue reading

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