Category Archives: SKF Blog

Newly Released – ‘A Love Supreme’ Live in Seattle

SKF NOTE: Elvin Jones is the sole drummer on this date. Not to look this gift horse in the mouth, but I’m a bit disappointed this date is the Coltrane Quartet expanded. Keeping an open mind and ears and looking … Continue reading

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Roy Brooks – Exceptional Drummer

SKF NOTE: August 2021 is a month where I’m finding and buying lots of good music in different styles. From Max Richter’s Exiles, to Lari White’s New Loves, Lee Morgan’s The Complete Live at the Lighthouse, and my latest buy, … Continue reading

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Sorry, Charlie – You Were a Great Drummer

In 1981, when Max Weinberg and I interviewed Charlie Watts in his New York City hotel room, Charlie seemed sad and, as a drummer, unfulfilled. He said anyone who said his drumming was great had no ears. Greatness, Charlie told … Continue reading

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Gravatt – If I Could Describe How I Played Drums

“Describing music is very difficult. Eric Gravatt used to say that if he could describe how he played drums, he wouldn’t need to play them.” Source: The Wayne Shorter Interview, by Scott Yanow, Down Beat, April 1988

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Great Jazz Drummers of 1980s – Would I Change My Mind?

SKF NOTE: Somewhere 1980-1983, when I was on staff at Modern Drummer, I received a call from author Burt Korall. Mr. Korall was among the writers I absorbed in Down Beat magazine and jazz album liner notes. Getting phone calls … Continue reading

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