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Don Ellis in India CD
Live in India

Don Ellis


2010 (1978)

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Don Ellis traveled to India to perform two concerts in Bombay (now Mumbai), India in Janurary of 1978 with a small group consisting of Emilie Diehl, vocals; Randy Kerber, keyboards; Leon Gaer, bass; and David on drums. The recent unearthing of a tape of those concerts, combined with David's production, restoration, editing and mastering work, along with the efforts of Ellis historian Ken Orton and Gary Gilles of Sleepy Night Records now allows those performances to finally be shared.
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Eye of the Beholder

Stu Goldberg


Reissued 2009 (1981)

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"A very special album for me by former Mahavishnu pianist, Stu Goldberg. Basically a piano trio outing featuring Stu, the late Jim Lacefield on bass, and myself; with added contributions by Stu's brother, Ken, on reeds, ex-Don Ellis percussionist, Lee Pastora and a string quartet. As much as I played with Jim over the years, this was the only complete jazz record we ever made together. Sadly, Jim was taken from us way too soon. As a compatriot in jazz and a dear friend, I miss him constantly."
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Live at the Sydney Opera House

Burt Bacharach


2008

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Two great nights "on-the-road" with Burt playing with the wonderful Sydney Symphony at the legendary Sydney Opera House smooshed onto this CD.

Transvalue


2008

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"Possibly the most exciting recording project I've ever been involved with..." Spoken word artist, Chuck Britt and trombomist/composer, Micahel Vlatkovich and David (playing, engineering and producing) team up for this long awaited third project of Transvalue. "Not since Don Ellis have I recorded something that pushes this many boundaries."
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Lifelike

Klaus Doldinger & Passport


re-issue 2008 (1982)

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Long only available in Europe, this double album set - recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1980 - has finally been re-issued on CD in the US by Wounded Bird Records. Most of this concert is also viewable on YouTube - click here.

Pure Imagination

John Pagano


2008

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"Longtime Burt Bacharach vocalist and good friend, John Pagano invited me to play a couple of tracks on his latest release. Recorded at Capitol Records Studio with a full string section, Burt and the bulk of his band all playing behind John singing live. Also got to catch up with my old friend, Tom Rainer, who was there to record the wonderful arrangement he had written (just John, strings and piano) of the CD's title song that they recorded later that afternoon. Very nice."
For more about John, visit his website click here.

New World Jazz Order

Dharma Buds


2007

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Played on two tracks - Cambian and Nicer Shades - of this "world jazz" outing by Burt Bacharach keyboardist, David Joyce and his partner, David V. Gregoli.
Check out their website - here

Don Ellis Orchestra


re-issue 2006 (1977)

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David's first and only studio recording with the Don Ellis Orchestra. Finally out on CD."Didn't think we would ever see this one reissued."

Isley Meets Bacharach - Here I Am

Ronald Isley & Burt Bacharach


2003

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Played on two tracks - "Anyone Who Had A Heart" and "Close To You"

Recorded "live" with full orchestra in the famous Capitol Record Studios, David shared drum duties on this fascinating collaboration of two pop masters with Vinnie Coliauta, Harvey Mason and J. R. Robinson.

Red Shift

Bruce Lofgren Jazz Orchestra


2003

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The latest release of Bruce and the band, this time recorded by Billy Hulting and features David playing with Ken Wild (bass), Alan Steinberger (keys), Brian Kilgore (perc) and some of LA's finest wind players.

All-Time Classic American Love Songs

American Idol 2 Finalists & Burt Bacharach


2003

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One cut - "What The World Needs Now Is Love"

Once again at Ocean Way; Burt, David, Rob Shrock (keys), Dave Coy (bass) and the Amercian Idol 2 Finalists put together a new version of this Bacharach/David favorite.

Live at Montreux

Don Ellis Orchestra


re-issue 2002 (1977)

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Finally available on CD!
Don Ellis' final album recorded during the band's 1977 European tour.

Austin Powers - The Spy Who Shagged Me

Burt Bacharach & Elvis Costello


1999

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One cut - "I'll Never Fall in Love Again"

Burt, Elvis, David & the guys piled into Ocean Way, cut this, and then all appeared performing it in the film.
David's first Platinum record!
Also on dvd!

The Blues & Other Passions

Bruce Lofgren Jazz Orchestra


1999

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Bruce and the band with David playing drums, mixing and co-producing.

Sessions from West 54th - Painted From Memory

Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach


1998 Video

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One of the only seven Elvis Costello/Burt Bacharach concerts ever performed, captured on video for the PBS series, Sessions at West 54th.

Update: A slightly different edit of this show has shown up on DVD in Europe. I was able to get a copy here.

One Amazing Night

Burt Bacharach


1998

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...with Sheryl Crow, All Saints, Elvis Costello, Chrissie Hynde, Mike Myers, Wynonna, Luther Vandross, David Sanborn, George Duke, & Dionne Warwick.

"One concert... Burt, the band and twelve guest artists...one take.
No re-takes, no overdubs.
What?... Was I stressed?... Nah!..."


Now on dvd as well.

Best of Brian Auger's Oblivion Express

Brian Auger


1996

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A two CD "best of" collection.
David plays on one cut, "Planet Earth Calling"; an up-tempo fusion track left over from the 1977 "Encore" album sessions and released in 1980 as part of the "Search Party" CD

Heart Of The Night

Bruce Lofgren Jazz Orchestra


1995

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The band's first CD release. Besides playing drums, David recorded and mixed four tunes.

The Sun Shop

Tom Hynes


1993

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Tom Hynes' debut album featuring John Patitucci, Eric Marienthal, Tom Rainer, Bob Wackerman and others; with David playing, doing some mixing and co-producing.

Sky Sailor

Bruce Lofgren


1992

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A smaller group project from Bruce with David contributing some drumming, programming, recording and mixing.

The Marrying Man: Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Kim Basinger, Stan Getz, others


1991

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Two cuts - Let's Do It (reprise) & Love Is The Thing
"So I get a call to sub for Ralph Humprey on a film date, show up, meet Kim Basinger and get to play with Stan Getz, Ray Brown and a great big band. All in all, not a bad afternoon."
Also on dvd.

Love Talk

The Stylistics


1991

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I did some drum programming for Burt Bacharach on this.

Beautiful Feelings

Rick Springfield


1984

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"Besides having the wierdest backstory of any album I've ever recorded, Beautiful Feelings also climbed higher up the pop charts than anything else I did before The Spy Who Shagged Me".

The single "Bruce" went to #27 on the pop charts in Dec. of '84.

Blue Tatoo

Klaus Doldinger & Passport


1981

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David's second album with one of Germany's most famous fusion ensembles.

Lost Angeles

Affirmation


1981

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Keyboardist Thom Terisi's band's debut album featuring David with Don Ellis violist, Jimbo Ross and Zappa bass player, Tom Fowler.

Search Party

Brian Auger


1980

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David plays on one cut, "Planet Earth Calling"; an up-tempo fusion track left over from the "Encore" album sessions.

Oceanliner

Klaus Doldinger & Passport


1980

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"I met Klaus Doldinger in the "musician's bar" at the Montreux Jazz festival immediately after my 1977 performance there with the Don Ellis Orchestra. Imagine my surprise when he called three years later and invited me to come to Munich and spend a week recording part of the upcoming Passport album. To Klaus' pleasant surprise, things pretty much clicked and we were able to finish the whole album during that first visit!"

Encore

Brian Auger & Julie Tippetts


1977

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"A wonderful week in San Francisco spent recording every evening at Different Fur Studio with just Brian, Don Ellis bassist Dave MacDaniel, guitarist George Doering and myself."

Drum Drops Vol. 1-4, 6-7


1975-1980

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"Recorded these for producer Joey Vieira at Sound City Recording Studio, home to Fleetwood Mac, War, etc....the pre-drum machine drum machine"

Roger Williams Live

Roger Williams


1973

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"Yes, It's Mr. Piano himself! Actually Roger was one of the nicest men I ever worked for and was extremely kind to the very green 18 year old drummer recording his first major label album. The cool little known factoid on this record is that the background orchestra is actually the Don Ellis Band uncredited. Don's band was the house band at Magic Mountain (how strange is that??) that summer, when this was recorded there."