Back on November 26th, 2010, I suggested the idea of a Vinnie Colaiuta inspired mixtape. Little did I know at that time the actual extent of Colaiuta’s extensive recordings. Although he only played with Zappa from Spring 1978 to Fall 1980 as his principal drummer for studio and live performances, Colaiuta played on some of Zappa’s most successful albums up to that time – Joe’s Garage, Tinseltown Rebellion, and Shut Up ‘n Play Yer Guitar (The Series). After leaving Zappa , Colaiuta went on to play for Sting, Joni Mitchell, and has been a much sought after studio session musician in between his own individual and collaborative projects with Jeff Beck, Karizma, Jing Chi, The Royal Dan, and the Five Peace Band to just name some of the projects with which he’s been involved.
Familiar as I have been with the works of Frank Zappa, Sting, Jeff Beck, and Steely Dan – it’s a unique auditory experience to hear Colaiuta’s interpretation of these artist’s songs and compositions. If someone still thinks a drummer’s only vocation is simply to “keep the beat” all they need do is listen to this mix.
By far, not a comprehensive mix by a long shot, yet a very much a primer for anyone with an interest in Vinnie Colaiuta.
Click here to listen to KUR’s Vinnie Colaiuta Primer Mix.