Tag Archives: Kenny Clarke

Krupa: The Sound That Launched a Million Drummers

SKF NOTE: I am among the millions of drummers first inspired by Gene Krupa’s sound to play drums and study drumming. Krupa has described his role in drum history as making the drummer a high priced guy. Others say Krupa … Continue reading

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Kenny Clarke: The Magic Cymbal

Pianist Dick Katz said in an interview with Ira Gitler, “People don’t know that [Kenny Clarke] had one cymbal. It wasn’t very big, and we used to call it the magic cymbal, because when somebody would sit in on drums, … Continue reading

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Kenny Clarke: Music Comes From the Heart

Art Taylor: How important do you feel technique is for playing the drums? Kenny Clarke: I think any musician needs just enough technique to express himself; I don’t think he should go beyond that. It becomes meaningless if it goes … Continue reading

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Kenny Clarke & The Musicians Well of Inspiration

SKF NOTE: DrumForum.org member, “Wheresmyroadie?,” posted an excellent, new-to-me, video of Kenny Clarke with a big band playing the song, Bebop. Access to such footage — especially free and easy access — started happening about 50 years after I had … Continue reading

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