Tag Archives: Rick Mattingly

Elvin – My Father Was a Wild Man

SKF NOTE: Around 1982-83 I attended an Elvin Jones drum clinic in NYC. I remember neither the exact location nor the clinic sponsor. (It may have been Elvin’s 1982 Professional Percussion Center clinic.) Former Modern Drummer Features Editor Rick Mattingly … Continue reading

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Elvin Outlines his Soloing Thought Processes

SKF NOTE: It’s not uncommon, in drum forums, for a drummer to ask for help understanding Elvin Jones’s drumming. Count me among drummers who spent a long time listening and trying to “get” what Elvin was doing during his solos, … Continue reading

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Here’s How to Get Your Article Into Modern Drummer: A Spoof

SKF NOTE: Last week I came across this photocopy, a parody called, Here’s How to Get Your Article into Modern Drummer. I wish I remembered how this came about. This was a great group to work with. Everyone had a … Continue reading

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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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Max Roach on Establishing a Musical Personality

SKF NOTE: Max Roach had recently played a concert with his M’Boom percussion ensemble on the same bill as the World Saxophone Quartet – a saxophones only group — when I interviewed Max in his Connecticut home in the early … Continue reading

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