Tag Archives: Leonard Feather

The Worst That Can Be Said About a Musician

SKF NOTE: “The rhythm section, as a section, was unrecognizable to me.” That was part of Cannonball Adderley‘s response to Down Beat columnist Leonard Feather during  November 2, 1967 Down Beat “Blindfold Test.” A montly Down Beat tradition, Mr. Feather would … Continue reading

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Harvey Mason on ‘Chameleon’

SKF NOTE: Listening to Chameleon by Herbie Hancock‘s Headhunters when the song was first released in 1973 was an experience today’s listeners missed. Cutting edge music in 1973, the best of Chameleon — the music, the sounds, the rhythm — … Continue reading

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Bill Evans on Commitment, Experience, Dedication

“Anybody who appreciates the commitment, the experience and dedication required for the playing of top flight professional jazz, must realize the tremendous demands on the person playing it. By the same token, the music is sophisticated enough to be a … Continue reading

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Tony Williams: Little Short of Numbing

SKF NOTE: Leonard Feather give Kenny Dorham’s classic Una Mas album four of five stars in the March 12, 1964 Down Beat. “Young [Tony] Williams,” Mr. Feather writes, “has a dynamic strength and flowing beat that are, coming from one his … Continue reading

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Drummers Over-Publicized, Over-Featured, Over-Praised?

SKF NOTE: From Down Beat‘s March 20, 1958 issue comes this brief history of jazz drummers; an excerpt from Leonard Feather‘s The Book of Jazz. Feather was a prolific jazz writer, perhaps best known for his Encyclopedia of Jazz. Through … Continue reading

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