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Yo-Yo Ma – Several Different Ways to Practice

Life’s Work: An Interview with Yo-Yo Maby Alison BeardFrom the Harvard Business Review Magazine (June 2016) Q. Did that involve a lot of practice on top of your natural talent? Yo-Yo Ma. What allowed me to practice very little was … Continue reading

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Roy Brooks – Exceptional Drummer

SKF NOTE: August 2021 is a month where I’m finding and buying lots of good music in different styles. From Max Richter’s Exiles, to Lari White’s New Loves, Lee Morgan’s The Complete Live at the Lighthouse, and my latest buy, … Continue reading

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Sorry, Charlie – You Were a Great Drummer

In 1981, when Max Weinberg and I interviewed Charlie Watts in his New York City hotel room, Charlie seemed sad and, as a drummer, unfulfilled. He said anyone who said his drumming was great had no ears. Greatness, Charlie told … Continue reading

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Great Jazz Drummers of 1980s – Would I Change My Mind?

SKF NOTE: Somewhere 1980-1983, when I was on staff at Modern Drummer, I received a call from author Burt Korall. Mr. Korall was among the writers I absorbed in Down Beat magazine and jazz album liner notes. Getting phone calls … Continue reading

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Rich, Krupa -‘Evolution’ – Essential Listening (1962)

SKF NOTE: Thank you to Verve records for making available Burnin’ Beat, a 1962 studio date wih Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa. After finding this album as a vinyl cut-out in the 1970s – it had a significant impact on … Continue reading

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