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Bill Maxwell – On Becoming a Grammy Winning Producer

SKF NOTE: Andrae Crouch, The Winans, Freddie Hubbard, Koinonia — Bill Maxwell’s work as drummer and producer is among the best. Bill first came to my attention through my ears in 1981. No pre-judging on my part. Introducing The Winans … Continue reading

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Philly Joe Jones with Bill Evans

SKF NOTE: A thank you to “Jazz Video Guy” Bret Primack for this new to me clip of Philly Joe Jones as a member of Bill Evans’s Trio. Instructive! The video work on Philly Joe gives us several good moments … Continue reading

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Simon Kirke – Drum Practice Routines 1983

SKF NOTE: Here’s the backstory to this Simon Kirke excerpt. In this excerpt Simon talks about his favorite drum practice routines. He also tells us he does not record with a click track, and he tends to play behind the … Continue reading

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Carole King’s Sage Advice on Performing

SKF NOTE: Reading singer/songwriter Carole King’s memoir, A Natural Woman, I am not surprised at finding several words of “keeper” advice for all musicians. Here’s Ms. King’s advice on performing in front of an audience. Performing wasn’t something to fear, … Continue reading

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Three Roy’s and a Dawson: In Concert 1971

SKF NOTE: Here’s another hour of in concert video of some top shelf musicians. The drummers are Roy Haynes with Jimmy Smith, Roy McCurdy with Cannonball Adderley, Alan Dawson with Dave Brubeck, and Roy Brooks with Charlie Mingus.

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Gene Krupa’s Wisdom for the Ages Pt. 2

SKF NOTE: Recently I posted a quote from Gene Krupa in which he tells us some of what he learned about drumming from Baby Dodds and other older drummers. He’s more from Krupa on the same topic. Thank you writer … Continue reading

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George Benson on Motown’s Jazz Musicians

SKF NOTE: A music history lesson from guitarist/singer George Benson. He’s absolutely correct about Motown’s now famous studio jazz musicians. I was surprised at first to learn how many rock musicians of the 40s and 50s were either jazz musicians, … Continue reading

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