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Tony Williams – One of the Supreme Jazz Drummers (1975)

SKF NOTE: A 45-year old concert review (Down Beat, Oct. 9, 1975) of the Tony Williams Lifetime. Hard to imagine. This is the Fred Lifetime: Alan Holdsworth (gtr), Alan Pasqua (keyboards), Tony Newton (bass), and Tony Williams. DB Reviewer Scott … Continue reading

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Louis Bellson ‘Intensive Care’ Piano Trio Album (1978)

SKF NOTE: I spotted this ad for a Louis Bellson “limited edition” piano trio album, Intensive Care, on the Fall 1978 Jazz magazine back cover. I’ve heard Bellson and bassist Ray Brown on several recordings. Pianist Paul Smith plays perfect … Continue reading

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Neil Peart – A Day in the Life

SKF NOTE: My Neil Peart interview transcripts bring back fond memories. Neil was always fun to interview, due in large measure, I believe, to the interviews always feeling like two guys having casual conversation. The interviews felt that way because … Continue reading

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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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Remembering Eric Gravatt and Weather Report

SKF NOTE: I found this photo of drummer Eric Gravatt in the first issue of Different Drummer magazine dated September 1973, which was launched by Harry Abraham. The issues I have are mostly full of jazz record reviews with some … Continue reading

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