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Art Blakey on Chick Webb’s Drum Lesson

SKF: Here’s Art Blakey recounting his drum lesson from Chick Webb. Down Beat: [T]he public in the swing era always looked to the drummer for a wild solo. After that, as time went on, people began to appreciate the drummer … Continue reading

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Art Blakey’s 1960 Gretsch Drumset

SKF NOTE: A classic Gretsch ad from 1960 with a classic drummer. I always favored the Gretsch logo as it appears here on Art Blakey‘s front bass drum head, but was never able to find a logo like that to … Continue reading

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Tony Williams Blue Note Reissues Fill in My Library Gaps

Every so often I look online to see if I can remove any albums on my When-Are-They-Going-To-Release-This-On-MP3? list. This week, I am happy to report I removed two Tony Williams Blue Note albums: Tokyo Live, and The Story of Neptune. … Continue reading

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Blakey: ‘Is There Anything I Can Do to Make You Sound Better?’

“See, I wanted to become a great drummer, but just in the sense of having musicians want to play with me — not to be better than Buddy Rich or to compete with someone. I will not compete that way; … Continue reading

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Art Blakey’s Press Roll: ‘It’s the Way I Feel’

SKF NOTE:  Sometimes it’s disappointing when an interviewer misses an apparent opportunity to get a more in-depth answer. No doubt Art Blakey had one of the world’s great press rolls. Anytime a musician has a trademark style it’s always nice … Continue reading

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Drummer Photos: A Source of Wonder and Learning

SKF NOTE: Pre-internet, vinyl album liner notes and photographs were a valued source of information. That was especially true of jazz albums. Liner notes were almost always written by wonderful, authoritative people like Nat Hentoff, Leonard Feather, and Ralph J. … Continue reading

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Portrait of Art Blakey

SKF NOTE: A nice portrait of Art Blakey from the 1974 May/June Different Drummer magazine. The photographer is David D. Spitzer.

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