Tag Archives: Gretsch

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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Don Lamond: Gretsch Ad (1968)

SKF NOTE: A Gretsch Don Lamond ad from February 22, 1968.

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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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Monster Drumsets: Against the Spirit of Gretsch (1978)?

SKF NOTE: From 1978, this is not my favorite Gretsch ad. Too many words. Drummer photos too small, too cropped. Tony Williams, Jeff Hamilton, Freddie Waits, and Charlie Watts all – I think – had dedicated Gretsch ads – which … Continue reading

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Scott K Fish Mel Lewis Interview 1978

SKF NOTE: In this earlier post I wrote of how pivotal a moment was my meeting and interviewing Mel Lewis. This interview was notable for another reason. It was published in the April 1978 Modern Drummer along with my Carmine Appice … Continue reading

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Roy Haynes: Snap Crackle Drumming

SKF NOTE: Roy Haynes on his Gretsch drumset from the CD booklet of Roy’s 1962 classic Out of the Afternoon album. Don’t own Out of the Afternoon? There’s still time! — end —

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Tracking the Elusive Crisp Snare Drum

SKF NOTE: It was years and years before I found someone who could — and did — explain how to tune a snare drum to get the crisp sound of Joe Morello, Ed Thigpen, Buddy Rich, Elvin Jones, Max Roach … Continue reading

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