Tag Archives: Rick Mattingly

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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What Makes a Music Photographer Good?

SKF NOTE: I wrote in an earlier post about, from my perspective as Modern Drummer‘s managing editor, what makes a music journalist good. I said I would write as well about what makes a music photographer good. A picture is … Continue reading

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Scott K Fish Interview: Gary Chester

SKF NOTE: Looking at this interview last night for the first time in probably 30 years, I am surprised to see Gary Chester’s feature interview fourth in line in the April 1983 Modern Drummer, behind Jack DeJohnette, Artimus Pyle, and The … Continue reading

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Steve Gadd Smiling

SKF NOTE: This week I came across this 8×10 glossy of a smiling Steve Gadd given to me by Rick Mattingly circa 1982. Rick took a number of good photos when he was Features Editor at Modern Drummer. I remember … Continue reading

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