Tag Archives: Down Beat

Mel Lewis: ‘I Own Four Sets of Drums’

SKF NOTE: Arnold Jay Smith interviewed Mel Lewis for the June 1, 1978 Down Beat. Revisiting that interview last night, I don’t recall Mel owning four drumsets, each different in configuration, that he used for different situations. Mr. Smith asks … Continue reading

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Gil Evans: The Answer to All Musical Problems

SKF NOTE: This weekend I re-read Gil Evans‘s 5/20/76 interview with Down Beat contributor Arnold Jay Smith, on the cusp of synthesizers’ broad use in jazz and other musics. Evans, creator of unique, acoustic sounds, was an early proponent of … Continue reading

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Cherishing Morello’s Three-Star Album

SKF NOTE: Having once owned — and listened many times — to Joe Morello‘s Another Step Forward album, I think Jim Szantor’s 1970 review is fair. What is impossible to write about with accuracy is how Joe Morello sounds on … Continue reading

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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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