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  1. Scott K Fish

    Max Roach and Steve Gadd Onstage? Sorry I Missed It.

    Max Roach and Steve Gadd Onstage? Sorry I Missed It SKF NOTE: A DrumForum.org member posted an SOS regarding Max Roach. Paraphrasing, the member asked, "What's the big deal about Max Roach? I know he's famous. But from what I've seen and heard of his drumming on YouTube, I don't understand why...
  2. Scott K Fish

    Johnny Vidacovich LP – Like a Scent of Magnolia Blossoms

    Johnny Vidacovich LP – Like a Scent of Magnolia Blossoms Last week I bought and listened to Johnny Vidacovich's 'Bout Time album. What a joy, a treat. Vidacovich is another drummer I've known about for 40 years or so, but outside of the occasional song video, or article reference -- "One of...
  3. Scott K Fish

    Touched by Jimmy Cobb

    SKF NOTE: It's funny how musical energy and communication moves, travels invisibly. Two days ago, May 23, I came across my digital copy of Miles Davis's In Person Friday and Saturday Nights at the Blackhawk, Complete. My Macbook Pro had the set in a folder named Compilations, not in my Miles...
  4. Scott K Fish

    Joe English – Making Music with Paul McCartney

    SKF NOTE: Here’s the back story on my interviews with Joe English which began in 1980 and concluded years later. During his music career Joe played with some excellent bands — including his own. But he is perhaps best known for the music he made playing drums with Paul McCartney and Wings. I’ve...
  5. Scott K Fish

    Neil Peart - Go Ahead and Destroy Those Letters (2015)

    Neil Peart - Go Ahead and Destroy Those Letters (2015) SKF NOTE: My reaction to Neil's reply in this email exchange (January 1-3, 2015) was surprise and sadness. Surprise because the Neil I knew was interested in history, collecting -- or at least chronicling. He kept notebooks while traveling...
  6. Scott K Fish

    Fred Below – Full Interview – Tape A Side A (1982)

    Fred Below – Full Interview – Tape A Side A (1982) SKF NOTE: Among my interviews with drummers, a few are the only known interviews - at least full length interviews - with a few drummers. Jim Gordon is one. Frankie Dunlop is another. And Fred Below is a third. Fred Below is arguably the...
  7. Scott K Fish

    John Von Ohlen - Your Day of Liberation

    John Von Ohlen - Your Day of Liberation SKF NOTE: When I finished putting together John Von Ohlen's Modern Drummer interview, before it was published I sent him a copy to review. That was my standard practice. Drummers responded, usually, by signing off on the interview as written. Sometimes...
  8. Scott K Fish

    Neil Peart – If the Simple Dumb Thing Works Best

    Neil Peart – If the Simple Dumb Thing Works Best SKF NOTE: During one interview Neil Peart defined "selling out" as playing drums "someone else's way." I mentioned Neil's playing on Jeff Berlin's album, Champion, specifically the song, Subway Music. To my ears, I said, Neil's playing there...
  9. Scott K Fish

    Jim Gordon – Full Interview – Tape A Side A

    SKF NOTE: I posted the back story, the genesis, of this interview, on my blog, right here, so I won't repeat the story. https://scottkfish.com/2015/09/25/scott-k-fish-interview-jim-gordon/ This interview with musician Jim Gordon took place January 11, 1982. That makes it 38 years old. Yes, I've...
  10. Scott K Fish

    Neil Peart – Fun with the Four-On-the-Floor Bass Drum

    SKFBlog -- Neil Peart – Fun with the Four-On-the-Floor Bass Drum "Over the past few years, for instance, when the straight-quarter note bass drum became popular, it’s a thing that you can’t help wanting to get mischievous with. You want to take that quarter note bass drum and have real fun with...
  11. Scott K Fish

    Neil Peart on Music Marketing – ‘It’s a Sad Mess’

    Neil Peart on Music Marketing – ‘It’s a Sad Mess’ SKF NOTE: Digital music devastated the old order of earning a living in the music business. I still don't understand all the nuances those changes made. But I understand enough to know album sales and airplay lost much of their money earning...
  12. Scott K Fish

    #SKFBlog -- Neil Peart On Making His Romanian Oak Drumset

    #SKFBlog -- Neil Peart On Making His Romanian Oak Drumset SKF NOTE: This morning, revisiting email exchanges with Neil Peart, looking for one exchange in particular, I came across Neil's March 15, 2015 email and photo describing his "new Romanian Oak drumset," destined for Rush's 40th...
  13. Scott K Fish

    Frank Briggs Interview – Do Your Best Always (Circa 1983)

    Frank Briggs Interview – Do Your Best Always (Circa 1983) SKF NOTE: I recently uncovered this circa 1983 interview with drummer Frank Briggs. Edited slightly, I’ve retyped my original introduction below, followed by scans of my original transcript, complete with proofreaders marks. I don’t...
  14. Scott K Fish

    SKF on Neil Peart – Friends, Dreams and Mystical Resonances

    SKF on Neil Peart – Friends, Dreams and Mystical Resonances SKF NOTE: This post opens with my last email to Neil Peart -- which he didn't answer. On learning of his death and his years long struggle with cancer, I know why Neil didn't answer. I liked Neil Peart as a human being. We first met...
  15. Scott K Fish

    Looking for info on drummer Billy 'Kentucky' Wilson

    Hi - I received an email from a woman seeking info on drummer Billy 'Kentucky' Wilson. Here's what she wrote: My husband and I were wondering if anyone out there remembers a drummer name Billy Kentucky Wilson? We knew him many years ago and lost track of him and his family. Kentucky played at...
  16. Scott K Fish

    Scott K Fish - Frankie Dunlop Complete Interview Available Online

    SKF NOTE - Over the next few weeks I am making available my full interview, no edits, with Frankie Dunlop. The interview took place in 1984 in two sessions. The first session, on October 16, 1984, was at my former in-law’s New York City apartment. The December 13, 1984 second session took place...
  17. Scott K Fish

    SKFBlog Audio - Al Duncan - Great Ears and a Good Memory (Circa 1981)

    #SKFBlog Audio - Al Duncan - Great Ears and a Good Memory (Circa 1981) I was interested in speaking with Al Duncan because I knew — from printed sources and from other musicians, like Willie Dixon — that Mr. Duncan had played on several early rock recording sessions for Chess Records and...
  18. Scott K Fish

    #SKFBlog - Al Duncan: Big Ears and a Good Memory

    #SKFBlog - Al Duncan: Big Ears and a Good Memory But, most of the stuff that I did around Chicago was all with the rock cats. I mean, being in the Regal Theater I did The Miracles, The Temptations, and all of them. Marvin Gaye. Everybody came through there. Back in those days they had the Black...
  19. Scott K Fish

    Keith Copeland – Jazz Drummers Who Influenced Me and Why

    #SKFBlog Audio - Keith Copeland – Jazz Drummers Who Influenced Me and Why https://bit.ly/2QrD3oD https://scottkfish.com/2018/11/07/keith-copeland-jazz-drummers-who-influenced-me-and-why/
  20. Scott K Fish

    Louis Bellson’s 1940s Gretsch Kit in ‘A Song is Born’ Movie

    #SKFBlog - Louis Bellsons 1940s Gretsch Kit in A Song is Born Movie SKF NOTE: Theres quite a cast of jazz greats in this A Song is Born 1948 movie clip including a very young Louis Bellson on his original mid-1940s Gretsch double-bass drum set. Some wonderful footage of Louis. Watch for his...
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