Tag Archives: Gretsch

Joe LaBarbera: My Gretsch Set-Up with Chuck Mangione

SKF NOTE: In the early 1970s Joe LaBarbera was recording and performing with Chuck Mangione. The group released three excellent albums with Mr. LaBarbera: Land of Make Believe (Mercury, 1973), Bellavia (A&M, 1975), and Chase the Clouds Away (A&M, 1975). … Continue reading

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Louis Bellson’s 1940s Gretsch Kit in ‘A Song is Born’ Movie

SKF NOTE: There’s quite a cast of jazz greats in this A Song is Born 1948 movie clip including a very young Louis Bellson on his original mid-1940s Gretsch double-bass drum set. Some wonderful footage of Louis. Watch for his … Continue reading

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Carl Palmer Gretsch Identity Crisis Ad (1979)

SKF NOTE: World class drums (Gretsch) and a world class drummer (Carl Palmer). The first time I saw this magazine ad (1979) I was puzzled. Gretsch set the advertising photo bar very, very high with the company’s 1960s black-and-white ads … Continue reading

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Mel Lewis – Best Beat of a Lifetime

SKF NOTE: This 1968 Gretsch drum ad with Mel Lewis — and other great drummers in the series — need to be kept in the public eye, IMO. As I’ve said before, pre-internet, these ads gave young drummers one our … Continue reading

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Simon Kirke – Bad Company Drum Recording Studio Setup

SKF NOTE: Simon Kirke‘s excerpt is from a longer conversation we taped. I had forgotten about it until I came across it digitizing my work tapes. It’s clear from this tape that freelance writer Simon Goodwin had previously interviewed Kirke … Continue reading

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Art Blakey’s 1960 Gretsch Drumset

SKF NOTE: A classic Gretsch ad from 1960 with a classic drummer. I always favored the Gretsch logo as it appears here on Art Blakey‘s front bass drum head, but was never able to find a logo like that to … 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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