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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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Simon Kirke – Double Drumming with John Bonham

SKF NOTE: In this second interview excerpt with Simon Kirke, recorded on August 3, 1983, I ask Mr. Kirke if he and John Bonham ever compared notes about drumming and/or drum recording. Kirke was playing drums in a new band, … Continue reading

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Al Duncan – Great Ears and a Good Memory (Circa 1981)

SKFNOTE: Last week I found an old cassette labeled on one side,“Al Duncan,” among my old cassettes. The cassette itself needed repair, which I did. I then digitized the Al Duncan interview and, for the first time, I am posting … Continue reading

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Ravish Momin – Learning How He Makes Music

SKF NOTE: Musician Ravish Momin was good enough to consent to an interview two weeks ago. I will posting excerpts in the days ahead. Ravish is a drummer who first caught my attention in June 2017 in an online news … Continue reading

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Miles Davis on Philly Joe Jones

SKF NOTE: Nat Hentoff‘s “Jazz Is” was a Christmas present to me from my sister, Maribeth, in 1978. Her inscription says, “Hope you don’t already have this. I can’t wait ’til you’re on the pages of a book like this. … Continue reading

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Fred Below: I’m Thinking Melodically All the Time

SKF NOTE: Fred Below had been an inspiration to me for many years. I was surprised, because it was not typical of blues drummers, to hear Fred Below outline his extensive musical background and his influence in shaping the forms … Continue reading

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Teena Lyle: Genderless Hands

SKF NOTE: Great advice from percussionist Teena Lyle, now on her third tour with Van Morrison. #WCW: Van Morrison’s Touring Percussionist Teena Lyle December 5, 2018 Q. Any advice for girls contemplating getting started and making it in this arena? … Continue reading

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