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Don Alias: Heart, Soul and Lungs

By Published: May 22, 2006

AAJ: Was Jaco in that band?

DA: Oh no. I got Jaco in that band. All this happened at the same time I was getting a divorce, so I moved out to California. Joni and I had a beautiful four year relationship together.

AAJ: No kidding. I wasn't aware of that. [Note: Due to length and the fact that further material was subsequently discussed but became personal, it was decided to end here]. Thank you, Don. All the best to you.

DA: Thank you. take care.

Note: The Arts Council of England funded a series of concerts in the UK a few years back which Don led and were recorded. These dates included the Brecker Brothers, Paco de Lucia and various flamenco greats and is expected to be released in the near future.

Though the new Stone Alliance with Gene Perla and Chris Potter didn't have the chance to come to fruition, there are original, unreleased live Stone Alliance dates with Steve Grossman which are to be made available, as well.

Don also collaborated with his longtime friend, Jack DeJohnette on the Talking Drummers project, a video documentation and commentary on the making of their Duo album project, with notes from Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker and Dave Holland.

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Selected Discography:

Stone Alliance, Live in Buenos Aires (Mambo Maniacs, 2006)
Stone Alliance, Live in Bremen (Mambo Maniacs, 2005)
Bill Frisell, Unspeakable (Nonesuch, 2004)
Various Artists, Mysterious Voyage: A Tribute to Weather Report (Tone Center/ESC, 2005)
Mike Stern, These Times (ESC, 2004)
James Moody, Homage (Savoy Jazz, 2004)
David Sanborn, Time Again (GRP, 2004)
Carla Bley, Looking for America (Watt/ECM, 2003)
Jane Monheit, In the Sun (N2K, 2002)
Bill Evans, Soul Insider (ESC, 2001)
Barbara Dennerlein, Outhipped (Verve, 2000)
Don Grolnick Group, London Concert (Fuzzy Music, 2000)
Howard Mandel, Future Jazz (Knitting Factory, 1999)
Michael Brecker, Two Blocks from the Edge (Impulse!, 1997)
Uri Caine, Toys (JMT, 1996; reissued on Winter&Winter)
Jack DeJohnette, Oneness (ECM, 1996)
Steve Khan, Got My Mental (Evidence, 1996; reissued ESC, 2006)
John Scofield, Groove Elation (Blue Note, 1995)
Herbie Hancock, The New Standard (Verve, 1995)
Joe Lovano, Tenor Legacy (Blue Note, 1993)
The Brecker Brothers, Return of the Brecker Brothers (GRP, 1992)
Steve Swallow, Swallow (XtraWatt/ECM, 1991)
James Taylor, New Moon Shine (Columbia, 1991)
Michael Brecker, Now You See It...Now You Don't (GRP, 1990)
Gil Goldstein, City of Dreams (Blue Note, 1989)
Miles Davis, Amandla (Warner Bros., 1989)
John Scofield, Loud Jazz (Gramavision, 1987)
Jaco Pastorius, Invitation (Warner Bros., 1983)
Chick Corea, Again and Again (Elektra, 1982)
Joni Mitchell, Shadows and Light (Asylum, 1980)
Joni Mitchell, Don Juan's Reckless Daughter (Asylum, 1977)
Chick Corea, My Spanish Heart (Polydor, 1976)
Jaco Pastorius, Jaco Pastorius (Epic, 1976)
Dave Liebman, Lookout Farm (ECM, 1973)
Miles Davis, On the Corner (Columbia, 1972)
Miles Davis, Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1969)

Read testimonials from musicians and friends: In the Artist's Own Words—Don Alias: A Tribute

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Don Alias, Jr.

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