Tag Archives: Down Beat

Jack Bruce: Tony Williams is ‘the Prophet of Rhythm’

Stanley Hall: Did you enjoy working with the Tony Williams Lifetime? Jack Bruce: Oh yeah, it was one of the high spots, and Tony, he’s the prophet of rhythm. Source: Jack Bruce: Low String Eclectic, by Stanley Hall. Down Beat, … Continue reading

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Shelly Manne: I’m Not Thinking Rhythms, I’m Thinking Melodies

SKF NOTE: Growing up, Down Beat magazine’s writers, editors, and reviewers were inspiration to this aspiring music journalist. They set the bar high in their knowledge of music, particularly jazz, in the maturity with which they interviewed musicians, in their … Continue reading

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Drum Photos as Drum Lessons

SKF NOTE: A great 1968 photo of Buddy Rich. I’ve said it before, but photos like this one were drum lessons in themselves. Especially pre-internet and when opportunities to see Buddy and other great drummers live or on tv were … Continue reading

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Tony Williams Smiles (1983)

SKF NOTE: A favorite shot of Tony Williams.

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Shelly Manne: Musicians Have a Great Life

SKF NOTE: I came across Shelly Manne’s obituary a few days ago. His playing had a major impact on me — and I still get excited discovering Manne albums I missed, and Manne albums newly reissued, or available for the … Continue reading

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Miles Davis: You Have to Get Your Own Sound

SKF NOTE: This advice to upcoming musicians from Miles Davis strikes me as a lifelong pursuit. I remember Miles himself telling an interviewer how he, Miles, lost his well-known sound for awhile, and it took Miles two years to get … Continue reading

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Tony Williams: Drumsets Should Sound Like One Instrument (1983)

SKF NOTE: In a sidebar to this interview, Tony Williams said he was playing Gretsch drums: 24″ bass drum; 5 1/2 x 14 snare; 14 x 14, 14 x 16, floor toms; 9 x 13 and 10 x 14 rack … Continue reading

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