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|

The passing of Mick Karn

With many others I’m saddened to hear of the recent death of Mick Karn, who recently at age 52 lost his struggle with cancer. Master of the fretless snakebass, I played with him and guitarist [...]

2017-11-22T12:26:38+00:00 January 5th, 2011|

Bruford rummages in Yes archive…

Rummaging through his early Yes posters for an upcoming book project, Bill came across this fine example of the sort of intricate poster art that was much used on the European scene in the 60s [...]

2017-11-22T12:28:56+00:00 September 7th, 2010|

Jigging about in cyber-space

After at least a decade of frantic music-business-related computerising, it may be helpful to try to stand back and attempt to assess the net effect of the arrival of the machine into our musicianly lives. [...]

2017-11-22T12:30:05+00:00 August 3rd, 2010|