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Don Alias Born December 25, 1939(1939-12-25) New York City, New York United States Genres Jazz, jazz fusion Occupations Musician Instruments Drums, Conga drums, Percussion instruments, djembe Associated acts Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, Weather Report, Jaco Pastorius, Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock Website Official Website Don Alias Charles 'Don' Alias[1] (b. December 25, 1939 New York City, New York; d. March 29, 2006 New York City) was an American jazz percussionist. Alias was best known for his skill at congas and other hand drums. He was, however, a capable drum kit performer: Alias played drums on the song "Miles Runs the Voodoo Down" from Bitches Brew (1969) when neither Lenny White nor Jack DeJohnette were able to capture the marching band rhythm requested by trumpeter Miles Davis.[2] Alias performed on hundreds of recordings, and was perhaps best known for his associations with Miles Davis and saxophonist David Sanborn, though he also performed or recorded with the group Weather Report, singer Joni Mitchell, pianist Herbie Hancock, The Brecker Brothers, Jaco Pastorius, Pat Metheny and many others. Alias was born in New York City and arrived in Boston in the early 1960s intending to study medicine but, after playing congas in a number of local bands, made an abrupt career switch. Contents 1 Discography 1.1 As sideman 2 References 3 External links Discography As sideman With Philip Bailey Soul on Jazz (Heads Up International, 2002) With Carla Bley Sextet (Watt, 1986-87) Fleur Carnivore (Watt, 1988) The Very Big Carla Bley Band (Watt, 1990) Looking for America (Watt, 2002) With Miles Davis Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970) On the Corner (Columbia 1971) Amandla (Warner Bros., 1989) With Jack DeJohnette Oneness (ECM, 1997) With Joe Farrell Penny Arcade (CTI, 1973) With Dan Fogelberg The Innocent Age (Full Moon, 1981) With Bill Frisell Unspeakable (Elektra Nonesuch, 2004) With Kenny Garrett Black Hope (Warner Bros, 1992) With Elvin Jones Merry-Go-Round (Blue Note, 1971) With Joni Mitchell Don Juan's Reckless Daughter (Asylum, 1977) Mingus (Asylum, 1979) Shadows and Light (Asylum, 1980) With Jaco Pastorius Word of Mouth (Warner Bros., 1980-81) With Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin Love Devotion Surrender (Columbia, 1973) With James Taylor Flag (Columbia, 1979) With Weather Report Weather Report (Columbia, 1971) - uncredited Black Market (Columbia, 1976) References ^ surname pronounced ah-LIE-ahs ^ see the notes for The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions (1998) External links Official Website Don Alias Don Alias's Interview Article in Drummerworld v · d · eWeather Report Joe Zawinul • Wayne Shorter • Miroslav Vitouš • Airto Moreira  • Alphonse Mouzon • Dom Um Romão • Eric Gravatt • Greg Errico • Alphonso Johnson • Ishmael Wilburn • Skip Hadden • Alyrio Lima • Leon "Ndugu" Chancler • Chester Thompson • Jaco Pastorius • Alex Acuña • Don Alias • Manolo Badrena • Peter Erskine • Erich Zawinul • Robert Thomas Jr. • Omar Hakim • Victor Bailey • Jose Rossy • Mino Cinelu • Narada Michael Walden • Kirk Whalum Studio albums Weather Report • I Sing the Body Electric • Sweetnighter • Mysterious Traveller • Tale Spinnin' • Black Market • Heavy Weather • Mr. Gone • Night Passage • Weather Report • Procession • Domino Theory • Sportin' Life • This Is This! Live albums Live in Tokyo • 8:30 • Live and Unreleased Compilations The Collection • Best of Weather Report • Forecast: Tomorrow Singles "125th Street Congress"/"Will" • "Boogie Woogie Waltz" • "Birdland" • "River People" • "Procession"/"Where the Moon Goes" Related Discography  Book:Weather Report Persondata Name Alias, Don Alternative names Short description Date of birth December 25, 1939 Place of birth Date of death March 29, 2006 Place of death