January 1st 2018: Half-century up!

I’d like to thank all our friends and visitors for your support through 2017 and for dropping by and having a look around on Facebook or here on my new site. Looks like 2018 is [...]

2017-12-31T10:10:57+00:00 December 31st, 2017|

‘Lighthouse’ Point the way

Those interested in state of the art acoustic fusion - and Lighthouse may have to forgive me for using the ‘f’ word - need look no further than this highly-skilled UK jazz trio. Comprising two ex-Earthworkers, [...]

2017-11-22T12:03:02+00:00 February 14th, 2012|

September’s Questions Answered

Max Roach and Art Blakey. Hi Everyone – today it’s just answers to last month’s questions. Fabian Broicher - Date: 24.09.2011 - I've read somewhere, Bill, I just can't remember where, that you once wrote [...]

2017-11-22T12:05:50+00:00 October 4th, 2011|

Unidentified Yes, an antique SDX

One of my two elderly Simmons SDXs goes off to a new home. See question below. Fourth of July holiday weekend, so everyone in the US will be snoozing - or, over here, catching up [...]

2017-11-22T12:19:15+00:00 July 4th, 2011|

Garland on Bruford

With Tim Garland. Pic: David Sokol If you'd like to know a bit more about ex-Earthworks saxophonist/multi instrumentalist Tim Garland, you could do no better than catch the recent UK national BBC Radio 3 profile [...]

2017-11-22T12:19:38+00:00 June 29th, 2011|

The right of reply

With great drummer Adam Nussbaum last night at ‘the Pizza’… Conventional wisdom has it that, like the Queen of England, working performers have no right of reply. Anyone posing as a ‘critic’ may villify you [...]

2017-11-22T12:20:00+00:00 June 14th, 2011|

A little slice of History

L-R: Hagger, Banks, Anderson, Squire. Here's a slice of history. Mabel Greer's Toyshop was the short-lived late 1960's British band best known for having three future Yes members (Jon Anderson, Peter Banks, and Chris Squire) in its [...]

2017-11-22T12:20:51+00:00 June 1st, 2011|

Tips on composing drum parts for songs: Part 1

The following fairly complicated question came in, and I thought it might be good to try to air an answer in public. It’s a bit long, so I’ll split the answer in two, with Part 2 to [...]

2017-11-22T12:23:45+00:00 March 19th, 2011|

10 albums that changed my life

10 Albums that changed my life. Goldmine Magazine has had a few people offering ‘10 Albums that Changed My Life’ recently. Sounds a bit portentous, but it’s true - some of them really did change [...]

2017-11-22T12:24:55+00:00 February 14th, 2011|

Missing persons identified!

Aymeric Leroy from France has written in to help with the unidentified people in the Gong picture below. He says: "the first person on the left seems to be Francis Linon (aka Venux de Luxe), [...]

2017-10-27T10:17:58+00:00 February 11th, 2011|