Tag Archives: Life Beyond the Cymbals

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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Stanley Turrentine: If You Don’t Love It, Forget It

Stanley Turrentine: “I tell [young musicians], ‘If you don’t love it, forget it.’ [M]y father…said: ‘Once you feel you can’t learn anything off this instrument, I would suggest that you take it to the nearest river, throw it in – … Continue reading

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Emily Remler: You Don’t Try to Make a Statement for Women

“You don’t get angry, you don’t get bitter, you don’t get feminist about the thing. You don’t try to make a statement for women. You just get so damn good that they’ll forget about all that crap.” Source: Emily Remler, … Continue reading

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Fred Below: No Practicing Drums in the House Until You Could Play

SKF NOTE: This is the second excerpt from my interview with drummer Fred Below, arguably the father of Chicago electric blues drumming. Mr. Below recorded with Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, the Aces, Little Walter, Chuck Berry, and other pivotal … Continue reading

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