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Joe English – Getting Chops Together with Sea Level

SKF NOTE: Joe English was tough to interview. Here’s what I wrote as part of the interview introduction in the June 1986 Modern Drummer: “Joe English agreed to to this interview in 1980. Then he disappeared. In 1983, I got … Continue reading

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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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Troupe – Miles Believed in Spirits

SKF NOTE: After Gil died, sometimes when I visited Miles, he would tell me of a conversation he had just had with Gil earlier that day. He couldn’t believe Gil was dead. He wouldn’t accept it, believed only Gil’s flesh … Continue reading

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Jerry Granelli – You Were On My Mind

SKF NOTE: Recently I listened again to the 1965 hit, “You Were On My Mind,” by the group We Five. I’ve always liked the song. This was the first time I listened to it while focusing on the drummer’s contribution … Continue reading

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Levon’s Mysterious Left-Hand Callous

SKF NOTE: When I shared my 1977 story about meeting Levon Helm in New York City for a Modern Drummer interview that never happened, I forgot to mention Levon’s puzzling left-hand callous. In the photo here of my left-hand I’ve … Continue reading

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