Tag Archives: Max Roach

Drummer Shortcomings Lead to Innovations Pt 2 – Roy Haynes

SKF NOTE: Yesterday, 9/22/20, I wrote about Kenny Clarke’s frustration trying to play left handed snare accents while crossing his right arm over-and-above his left while keeping time on his hi-hat. His frustration was the catalyst for Clarke’s experimenting with … Continue reading

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Max Roach and Steve Gadd Onstage? Sorry I Missed It

SKF NOTE: A DrumForum.org member posted an SOS regarding Max Roach. Paraphrasing, the member asked, “What’s the big deal about Max Roach? I know he’s famous. But from what I’ve seen and heard of his drumming on YouTube, I don’t … Continue reading

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Alan Dawson – Discovering You’re Playing Drums by Yourself

SKF NOTE: This exchange is from my interview with Alan Dawson for Modern Drummer’s January 1986 10th Anniversary Issue. The interview took place in 1985 in Alan Dawson’s Massachusetts’ home living room over Dawson-made tuna fish sandwiches. This is part … Continue reading

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Max Roach – The Onus is Always on the Rhythm Section

SKF NOTE: Interviewing Max Roach on July 15, 1981 in his Connecticut home was, and is, one of my life’s highlights. Hearing Gene Krupa ignited my lifelong love of drumming. Hearing Max Roach for the first time gave my drumming … Continue reading

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Max Roach and Steve Gadd

SKF NOTE: Yesterday I remembered an early 1980s phone conversation I had with Max Roach. I couldn’t remember why Mr. Roach and I had the conversation. But this morning I can fill in the blanks. I was still Modern Drummer’s … Continue reading

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