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Frankie Dunlop – Complete Interview Pt 3 of 7

SKF NOTE: Over the next few weeks I am making available my full interview, no edits, with Frankie Dunlop. The interview took place in 1984 in two sessions. The first session, on October 16, 1984, was at my former in-law’s … Continue reading

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Frankie Dunlop – Complete Interview Pt 2 of 7

SKF NOTE: – In this second session Frankie and I focus on his formative years. Key names discussed here are Maynard Ferguson, Moe Koffmann, Thelonious Monk, The Five Spot, John Coltrane, Wilbur Ware, Shadow Wilson, Charlie Mingus, Dannie Richmond, Sonny … Continue reading

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Frankie Dunlop – Complete Interview Pt 1 of 7

SKF NOTE – Over the next few weeks I am making available my full interview, no edits, with Frankie Dunlop. The interview took place in 1984 in two sessions. The first session, on October 16, 1984, was at my former … Continue reading

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Levon Helm’s Down Home Style and Sound

SKF NOTE: This terrific Levon Helm video arrived yesterday on my Twitter feed. Thank you, Daniel Bedard, for your original posting. I’m reminded of what a powerhouse musician we had in Levon Helm. He sang with one of pop music’s … Continue reading

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In Love with Art Blakey’s Minimalist Drumming

SKF NOTE: Art Blakey is well-known as a powerful drummer, a great bandleader, and one of jazz’s best talent spotters. His near constant hi-hat played on beats two and four, his musical drum soloing, his press roll — these are … Continue reading

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Kenny Clarke – Magic Brushes 1961

SKF NOTE: Some eye opening brush work from The One, The Only Kenny Clarke with the Bud Powell Trio. Phew!

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Von Ohlen – How the Blue Wisp Big Band Got Started

SKF NOTE: This exchange is from the full transcript of my 10/12/1984 phone interview with John Von Ohlen. He was at home. I was in my Modern Drummer office in New Jersey. Scott K Fish: How did the Blue Wisp … Continue reading

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