Tag Archives: Down Beat

Down Beat Readers’ Best Drummers 1969

SKF NOTE: When I was a high schooler, Down Beat was about the only available music magazine, with its focus on jazz. But that was okay. Jazz drummers were still the standard by which all popular music drummers were measured. … Continue reading

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RIP Zutty Singleton (1975)

SKF NOTE: My self-study of drummers started in the 1960s. By age 14 I started my lifelong study of the history of drummers, drums, and drumming. Liner notes, magazines, local jazz radio stations, and books were my prime information sources. … Continue reading

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Tony Williams – One of the Supreme Jazz Drummers (1975)

SKF NOTE: A 45-year old concert review (Down Beat, Oct. 9, 1975) of the Tony Williams Lifetime. Hard to imagine. This is the Fred Lifetime: Alan Holdsworth (gtr), Alan Pasqua (keyboards), Tony Newton (bass), and Tony Williams. DB Reviewer Scott … Continue reading

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Charles McPherson – A Musician’s Scope Should be Wide

SKF NOTE: At age 81 Charles McPherson is still creating beautiful music. Jazz first “clicked” for me while I was listening to Charles Mingus‘s band at Newport 1970. Then I listened to everything Mingus — which included a ton of … Continue reading

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Chick Webb – The Epitome of Swing

SKF NOTE: Dan Morganstern was a dominant voice among jazz journalists when I was growing up. Whether he was writing in Down Beat magazine, in album liner notes, or in books, Mr. Morgenstern was always teaching about music and musicians. … Continue reading

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