Tag Archives: Blue Note

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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The Fabulous Charli Persip (1956)

SKF NOTE: A wonderful photo by Francis Wolff of one of my favorite drummers, Charli Persip. This picture is from Blue Note’s Lee Morgan Volume 2: Sextet CD booklet.

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Joe Henderson: A Song Intro that Tricks Your Ears

SKF: Joe Henderson’s A Shade of Jade is a track to add to the growing list of songs that trick the ears. DrumForum.org has popular, periodic threads on songs from many styles of music that trick our ears. The Doobie … 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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A Favorite Photo of Philly Joe Jones

SKF NOTE: A favorite photo of Philly Joe Jones. I found this in the CD booklet with Sonny Clark’s Sonny Clark Trio album on Blue Note Records. If you have not heard this CD — it’s a wonderful piano trio: … Continue reading

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Art Blakey at Birdland 1951

SKF NOTE: I love this Francis Wolff photo from Blue Note‘s Miles Davis: Birdland 1951 CD booklet. Art Blakey‘s beret and bowtie are classic! The CD sound quality isn’t optimum, but it’s optimum enough to hear Blakey swinging his tail off. … Continue reading

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Keeping Alive the Sounds of Art Blakey

SKF NOTE: This is second time in as many days I’ve run across tributes to Art Blakey. The first is former Blakey sideman Javon Jackson’s “The Jazz Message: Celebrating Art Blakey.” This morning I read about this “Art Blakey-inspired percussion … Continue reading

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