Tag Archives: Charles Mingus

Frankie Dunlop on Mingus the Perfectionist (or, Frankie! The Tempo’s Gone Down!)

SKF NOTE: A favorite moment from my interviews with the great drummer Frankie Dunlop. Now, for the first time, listeners can hear Frankie’s impersonation of Charles Mingus as Frankie describes a moment on The Half Note bandstand drumming with Mingus. … Continue reading

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Frankie Dunlop on Mingus: It’s the Principle of the Thing

SKF NOTE: One of my favorite moments of my interviews with the great drummer Frankie Dunlop. Listeners can hear Frankie’s impersonation of Charles Mingus as Frankie describes a scene from a rehearsal for Mingus’s Tijuana Moods album. The scene opens with … Continue reading

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Frankie Dunlop: Recording a Garbage Can Lid with Mingus

SKF NOTE: A segment from the full transcript of my Frankie Dunlop interviews. The back story on the interview is posted here. In researching for my meeting with Frankie Dunlop — pre-internet — I found Frankie listed as playing percussion on … Continue reading

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Remembering Mickey Roker

SKF NOTE: Modern jazz first clicked for me at the 1970 Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island while I was listening to Charles Mingus‘s group. Included in that group was a skinny, long-haired saxophonist named Bobby Jones. It was impossible at … Continue reading

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Frankie Dunlop: All The Geniuses are Like That

SKF NOTE: The background on this Frankie Dunlop interview is posted here. Most of Frankie’s published comments, rightly so, are about his work with Thelonious Monk. Here Frankie is sharing words of wisdom about Charles Mingus. Frankie Dunlop: I said … Continue reading

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