Tag Archives: Life Beyond the Cymbals

Freddie Gruber: Never Just Go ‘Tap, Tap, Tap.’ Sing!

SKF NOTE: Excerpt #2 from my interview with Freddie Gruber in Buddy Rich’s NYC apartment circa 1983-84. Freddie was speaking about “legitimate” percussionists he’d studied with: Morris Goldenberg, Fred Albright, and Henry Adler. I asked if any of what he learned … Continue reading

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Dave Weckl: ‘Up And Coming’ Profile 1984

SKF NOTE: When posting the complete transcript of my 1983 interview with Dave Weckl for Modern Drummer, I mentioned MD had published a much shorter version of the interview in April 1984 as an Up and Coming profile of Dave Weckl, which I … Continue reading

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Newly Released Photo: Jaimoe & Butch 1982

SKF NOTE: Allman Brothers drummers Jaimoe and Butch Trucks said yes to being part of my idea to tweak Modern Drummer magazine’s Who Reads Modern Drummer? in-house ads. Noted drummers were asked to provide MD a photo and their statement … Continue reading

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Why a Snare Drum & Sticks, Little Drummer Boy?

SKF NOTE: From a drummer’s perspective: Why do most recordings and performances of The Little Drummer Boy (aka A Carol of the Drum) assume that 2,000 years ago, the little boy who played drums for Jesus in the manger, used … Continue reading

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Revisiting Chris Smith’s Bio of Mel Lewis

SKF NOTE: Mel Lewis biographer Chris Smith has some new to me photos and music he’s sharing on Jon McCaslin’s Four On The Floor blog. I especially like the 7-minute live, unrehearsed duet between Mel Lewis and tenor saxophonist Bob … Continue reading

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Max Roach: The Quarter Note is the Common Denominator

SKF NOTE: This exchange with Max Roach took place on July 15, 1981 at his home in Connecticut. The back story is posted here.  Scott K Fish: You had mentioned something in International Musician about the importance of being aware … Continue reading

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In Search of Roberto Petaccia’s ‘Progressive Funk’ Book

SKF NOTE: Yesterday someone in search of Roberto Petaccia’s book sent me a message asking for help. Later in the day, when I was able to reply to the stranger, I couldn’t find his message.  The writer said he saw my … Continue reading

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