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Donald Ward Preston also known as Dom DeWilde or Biff Debrie born September 21, 1932 in Flint, Michigan. Preston is an American rock and roll musician. Preston was born into a family of musicians and began studying music at an early age. His father was the composer-in-residence for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. At 12 years old he was thrown out of school for hypnotizing several students and a nun. The nuns used to beat his hands with a big ruler when he made mistakes playing the piano. Because of this weird treatment he began to like strange and dissonant music. Preston later did a stint in the army, serving in Trieste, Italy


News: Performance / Tour

The Don Preston Trio To Play Virtual Concert At The World Stage On July 2, 2021

The Don Preston Trio To Play Virtual Concert At The World Stage On July 2, 2021

Mothers of Invention keyboard legend Don Preston and his trio will be performing a free-form Virtual Concert at The World Stage on July 2, 2021! Don Preston leads a life filled with music, innovation, and experimentation. “Groundbreaking” is a phrase that is clearly overused… with Preston it rings true. One of the first performers to drag ...



Label: Ictus Records
Released: 2020


Article: Album Review

Evil Genius: Experiments on Human Subjects

Read "Experiments on Human Subjects" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

It would be an uplifting experience to see this trio go at it in a live setting. For those who need comparisons, think of a cross-pollination between some of John Zorn-produced kinetic avant-garde jazz fusion, psych and rock ensembles along with Frank Zappa influences, and punk jazz groups. Guitarist Max Kutner is the lead ...


TriAngular Bent

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2016
Track listing: Set 1; Set 2; Don and Jeff; Set 1B; Guitar and Other Stuff; Don and the Voyager; Set 7; Piano Solo.


Article: Album Review

Don Preston / Jeff Boynton / Philip Mantione: TriAngular Bent

Read "TriAngular Bent" reviewed by Dave Wayne

A lot of artists Don Preston's age, with a similar musical pedigree, are revered as “national treasures." For whatever reason, this hasn't yet happened for the veteran sonic explorer, still going strong after 84 years on the planet. Perpetually a “Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition," he's most frequently remembered for his groundbreaking work with Frank Zappa. ...

Article: Film Review

Freak Jazz, Movie Madness and Another Mothers - Frank Zappa 1969-1973

Read "Freak Jazz, Movie Madness and Another Mothers - Frank Zappa 1969-1973" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Frank Zappa Freak Jazz, Movie Madness and Another Mothers -Frank Zappa 1969-1973 Sexy Intellectual 2015 L'interessante catalogo di documentari sul rock targati Sexy Intellectual si arricchisce di un nuovo capitolo dedicato a Frank Zappa, già protagonista di due precedenti titoli che esaminavano i suoi anni con i Mothers of Inventions ...


Article: Album Review

Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow: Andando el Tiempo

Read "Andando el Tiempo" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

There are few figures in modern music that are truly more iconic than Carla Bley. Her list of accomplishments are impossible to chronicle in this limited space, but suffice to say that her influence traverses genres, styles and generations, in a way that perhaps no other artist has approached. Her early crowning jewel—the jazz opera Escalator ...


Filters, Oscillators & Envelopes 1967-1982

Released: 2012
Track listing: 01. Electronic Music (1967); 02. Analog Heaven #1 (1975); 03. Analog Heaven #2; 04. Analog Heaven #3; 05. Analog Heaven #4; 06. Analog Heaven #5; 07. Analog Heaven #6; 08. Analog Heaven #7; 09. Fred & Me (1982).

Article: Album Review

Don Preston: Filters, Oscillators & Envelopes 1967-1982

Read "Filters, Oscillators & Envelopes 1967-1982" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Molte figure di session men, specialmente nei decenni passati, possono vantare prestigiose collaborazioni, ma per alcuni musicisti l'essere stati in quel posto in quel determinato momento è assai più di una casualità professionale. È certamente il caso del tastierista Don Preston, principalmente associato alle Mothers of Invention di Frank Zappa, ma anche attivo in ambito jazz ...


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