Tag Archives: Down Beat

Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys Fillmore East Concert Review (1970)

SKF NOTE: I was barely sixteen years old when the first Jimi Hendrix Experience album was released. Jimi Hendrix on guitar/vocals, Mitch Mitchell on drums, and Noel Redding on bass. Theirs was such a great unique sound that stretched across … Continue reading

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Buddy Rich Taking Care to Be Even More Precise (1978)

SKF NOTE: A March 28, 1978 Down Beat news item capturing one reporter’s eyewitness (and earwitness) account of Buddy Rich and his band at NYC’s The Bottom Line. Buddy packed the place with “patrons…young and old, …mostly drummers. “And Rich … Continue reading

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Ed Shaughnessy Launches ‘Energy Force’ Big Band

SKF NOTE: An pre-internet example of how drummers kept up with news of our favorite players. This December 19, 1974 Down Beat magazine release about Ed Shaughnessy‘s “new 17-piece ensemble” Energy Force has a photo of Mr. Shaughnessy worth studying. … Continue reading

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Ed Shaughnessy and Rogers Drums (1970)

SKF NOTE: Ed Shaughnessy was a role model for drummers aspiring to be all-around professional drummers. I always studied Ed with The Tonight Show band, and I even found two old jazz albums with Ed on drums when such albums were … Continue reading

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Tony Williams: ‘The Joy Of Flying’ Four-Star Review

SKF: A piece of historical perspective this morning. Down Beat‘s 1979 four star review of Tony Williams’s The Joy of Flying album.

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Bill Bruford: ‘There is No Regular Set-Up’

SKF NOTE: For me, this 1984 Simmons Drums ad captures Bill Bruford‘s pioneering drumming spirit — plus it’s a memorable photo. Always a contemporary player, with a knowledge and love of drumming history, and a fearless curiosity. Even when Bruford’s … Continue reading

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Billy Cobham’s Tama Artstar Drumset 1984

SKF NOTE: From the February 1984 Down Beat magazine. One in a long line of Billy Cobham‘s great looking drumsets.

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