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Ed Thigpen’s Photo Worth 1,000 Words

SKF NOTE: My introduction to Ed Thigpen was the Oscar Peterson Trio’s Affinity album. This Ludwig drum ad was a favorite too. Pre-internet, it was the best view I had of the drum setup Ed Thigpen used to make his … Continue reading

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Frankie Dunlop: We Never Rehearsed with Monk

SKF NOTE: A snippet from my 1983-84 interview with Frankie Dunlop. What’s missing here is the sound of Frankie’s voice. He was an amazing impersonator. When he was quoting Thelonious Monk here, he became Thelonious Monk in speech and manner. Very … Continue reading

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Neil Peart: Keep Those Dreams Alive

“[T]here are so many small towns across American that are still dying…. The decline of these small towns, sadly, is measured in the death of dreams — every time I see a shuttered restaurant, a boarded-up gas station, or an … Continue reading

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Jason Bonham Teams with Phil Collins

Jason will be busy in 2016 as he has been hired to work with Phil Collins as the former Genesis frontman makes a return to music. “We got together for three weeks and I had an amazing time,” Jason told … Continue reading

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Willie Dixon: The Drummer Have a Lot to Do With Everything

SKF NOTE: This interview with blues legend Willie Dixon is a backgrounder interview for a five-part feature series, The History of Rock Drumming, I wrote for Modern Drummer in the early 1980s. None of my backgrounder interviews were meant to … Continue reading

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Dannie Richmond: Your Playing is the Same as a Conversation

SKF NOTE: Dannie Richmond gives a fantastic drum lesson in under two minutes and without touching a drum. Thank you Andy Weis of The Great Drummer’s Group for this great find. — end —

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Gary Chester: I Want to Live My Personal Life

SKF NOTE: The full Gary Chester Modern Drummer interview is available here. In my view, many Gary Chester words of wisdom, because of space considerations, were left out of the MD interview. Fortunately, I can share them here. Gary Chester: People … Continue reading

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