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Gil Evans: The Answer to All Musical Problems

SKF NOTE: This weekend I re-read Gil Evans‘s 5/20/76 interview with Down Beat contributor Arnold Jay Smith, on the cusp of synthesizers’ broad use in jazz and other musics. Evans, creator of unique, acoustic sounds, was an early proponent of … Continue reading

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Max Roach and Scott Robinson Drum Battle (1977)

SKF NOTE: This drum battle between Max Roach and ten-year old Scott Robinson was recorded at the Charlie Parker Foundation, Kansas City, Missouri by KCUR-FM on Sept. 17, 1977. My best guess: this cassette was mailed to me when I … Continue reading

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Max Roach Ludwig Ad 1982

SKF NOTE: A nice photo of Max Roach with his blonde Ludwig drums. This ad was on the inside front cover of the June 1982 Modern Drummer with Max on the cover.

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M’BOOM Interview (1983)

SKF NOTE: Every time boxes of the new Modern Drummer arrived at the MD office it was exciting. Each issue was the culmination of team work by many people. MD’s entire crew – editors, artists, ad sales, subscriptions. The music … Continue reading

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Brubeck on Roach and Odd-Time Signatures

SKF NOTE: In July 1974 I bought the current issue of Different Drummer magazine in which Doug Ramsey interviewed Dave Brubeck. A few years up the road I copied a this Dave Brubeck quote on Max Roach and odd-time signatures, … 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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Max Roach: What You’re Playing for is Sound

SKF NOTE: This exchange with Max Roach took place on July 15, 1981 at his home in Connecticut. The back story is posted here.  How up-and-coming drummers learned from their drummer elders has always interested me. In this interview segment, … Continue reading

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