Via een Twitter van JazzFlits vond ik de site van de Percussive Arts Society. Op de site staat een serie unieke radio interviews met Mel Lewis over beroemde drummers die hij persoonlijk kende. De interviews werden uitgezonden op het station WKCR in New York City en zijn nu gedigitaliseerd en op de site gezet. Een enorm interessante serie met verhalen, anekdotes en uiteraard muziek over o.a. Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Max Roach, Shelly Manne, Roy Haynes en Elvin Jones.
Hier de inleiding zoals die op de site staat en de rol van drummer John Riley.
“In 1989, Mel Lewis was invited by Loren Schoenberg of WKCR radio in New York City, to do a series of radio interviews discussing his knowledge of historically significant jazz drummers. For the past 20 years, the audio has been available to only a select number of drummers, existing only in cassette format. As part of the PAS Drum Set Committee’s 50th Anniversary projects, John Riley and Loren Schoenberg have donated the audio to PAS, where it has been digitized for posting on the PAS web site. Much of the audio has been transcribed in raw text form by student of John Riley and by Steve Fidyk. Jim Lower, a student at the University of Central Missouri, formatted the Buddy Rich audio transcription into a standard interview format. John Riley has recently written a short article about the interviews for Percussive Notes, which includes a section of Lower’s transcription and formatting.” – Drumset Committee Chair, Michael Sekelsky
“Mel Lewis, 1929-1990, was loved by fellow musicians for his flowing, understated approach. Fortunately his personality was anything but understated. Mel loved to talk about music and musicians, and his recollections and analysis of many of the great Jazz drummers has been just added to the PAS archive in the form of 24 hours of audio from a series of eight three hour radio broadcasts Mel did with Loren Schoenberg for WKCR radio in 1989″. – John Riley”
Hier is de link, don’t miss ! http://www.pas.org/experience/oralhistory/mellewis.aspx