Session Great

Don Alias


Paiste Artist Since
January 1977

United States

Main Affiliation
Session Great

Other Affiliation
David Sanborn


Don Alias


Cymbals listed from left to right

13" Formula 602 Classic Heavy Hi-Hat Top (discontinued)
13" 2002 Sound Edge Hi-Hat Bottom (regular)
18" 2002 Crash
14" 2002 Medium (discontinued)
20" Sound Creation Dark Ride (discontinued)
20" Formula 602 Classic Medium Ride
18" Sound Creation Bright Medium (discontinued)

Cymbals listed from left to right

13" Signature Medium Hi-Hat (discontinued)
16" Signature Full Crash
14" Signature Full Crash
20" Signature Full Ride
20" Signature Flat Ride (discontinued)

Videos & Pics



25.12.1939-28.03.2006 From his early beginnings on the streets of New York City to the developing experiences in Boston with Chick Corea, Tony Williams, Bill Fitch, the Los Muchachos and Gene Perla, Don Alias entered the Apple in a flurry of activities. Nina Simone, Jeremy Steig, Jan Hammer, Mongo Santamaria, Elvin Jones, Miles Davis, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Jaco Pastorious, Joni Mitchell and countless others gave way to the later years of David Sandborn, Chuck Mangione and a list that never seemed to stop. He was a participant in many, very important recordings including Miles' "Bitches Brew" and Jaco's "Jaco Pastorius." Included in the mix are several records with his group "Stone Alliance." Don was a very special force who's musical vocabulary allowed him to walk easily within jazz, Latin, funk, rock -- his capability was virtually unlimited. And, he could interchange between hand percussion and drum set not matched by many others. Discography (excerpt) Nina Simone "To Love Somebody" (1969) Jeremy Steig "Legwork" (1970) Miles Davis "Bitches Brew" (1970) Jeremy Steig "Wayfaring Stranger" (1971) Jeremy Steig "Energy" (1971) Hal Galper "The Guerilla Band" (1971) Elvin Jones "Merry-Go-Round" (1971) Weather Report "Weather Report" (1971) Miles Davis "On the Corner" (1972) Jeremy Steig "Fusion" (1972) Joe Farrell "Penny Arcade" (1973) Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin "Love Devotion Surrender" (1973) Dave Liebman "Sweet Hands" (1975) Jaco Pastorius "Jaco Pastorius" (1976) Weather Report "Black Market" (1976) Lalo Schifrin "Black Widow" (1976) Ira Sullivan "Ira Sullivan" (1976) Joni Mitchell "Don Juan's Reckless Daughter" (1977) Joni Mitchell "Mingus" (1979) Jaco Pastorius "Word of Mouth" (1980–81) Dan Fogelberg "The Innocent Age" (1981) Carla Bley "Sextet" (1986–87) Steve Swallow "Carla" (1987) Carla Bley "Fleur Carnivore" (1988) Marlena Shaw "Love is in Flight" (1988) Roberta Flack "Oasis" (1988) Miles Davis "Amandla" (1989) Eliane Elias "So Far So Close" (1989) Carla Bley "The Very Big Carla Bley Band" (1990) Steve Swallow "Swallow" (1991) Marc Cohn "Marc Cohn" (1991) Bob Mintzer "One Music" (1991) James Taylor "New Moon Shine" (1991) Kenny Garrett "Black Hope" (1992) Joe Lovano "Tenor Legacy" (1993) Michael Franks "Abandoned Garden" (1995) Don Grolnick Group "Medianoche" (1995) Uri Caine "Toys" (1996) Herbie Hancock "The New Standard" (1996) Jack DeJohnette "Oneness" (1997) Pat Metheny Group "Imaginary Day" (1997) Don Grolnick Group "The Complete London Concert" (2000) Lou Reed "Ecstasy" (2000) Carla Bley "Looking for America" (2002) Philip Bailey "Soul on Jazz" (2002) Bill Frisell "Unspeakable" (2004)

Setup Cymbals

  • Details

    Sizes: 14"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Medium bright, full, warm. Medium wide range, balanced, clean mix. Even feel. Clear, full open sound. Clean, balanced chick sound. A very good all-purpose hi-hat.

  • Sounds