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1 Shining Star and Fame on Mon Jan 26, 2009 1:45 am

The Joint Chiefs - EWF's "Shining Star".


And here is our version of David Bowie's "Fame".


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2 Re: Shining Star and Fame on Mon Jan 26, 2009 9:00 am

Nice stick twirling, Don, and cross stick patterns.

I saw Earth, Wind & Fire last summer w/ Michael McDonald warming them up.
Man, they put on one great concert with Philip Bailey singing lead.

Your band puts a nice groove on.
Rock steady.

Looks like the audience was getting into it, also.

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3 Re: Shining Star and Fame on Mon Jan 26, 2009 2:06 pm

Yeah, but the band just ain't the same without Maurice.

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4 Re: Shining Star and Fame on Mon Jan 26, 2009 4:52 pm

True, Don, true....... but it still was funky good.
Verdine White was funkin' out on the bass, though.

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5 Re: Shining Star and Fame on Mon Jan 26, 2009 6:08 pm

I saw them minus Maurice, Woody. And though they were not the same, EWF was still tuff-enuff!

Oh, and thank you for your kind comments, Woodman.

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6 Re: Shining Star and Fame on Wed Jan 28, 2009 12:10 am

smokin D, just smokin ! Just didn't picture you guys doing Bowie from the other recordings I've heard of the Joint chiefs, but you guys nailed it.

Damn good band Don, and especially with just 4 pieces.

Peace, TED

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7 Re: Shining Star and Fame on Wed Jan 28, 2009 2:18 am

Thanks, Ted.

You know, the act and reasoning behind any artistic endeavor is actually quite selfish. Yet, it is so gratifying and rewarding when others appreciate the result of that which is created from such a self centered position.

Thanks again, my friend.


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8 Re: Shining Star and Fame on Wed Jan 28, 2009 5:54 pm

I second that emotion, Ted. I remember posting video of Bowie playing Fame with his longtime rhythm section and Don saying something to the effect of "are you kidding" and no I wasn't. Apparently I misinterpreted because the Chiefs nail it from the inside . . .

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9 Re: Shining Star and Fame on Wed Jan 28, 2009 8:59 pm


It wasn't David Bowie... I think David's off the hook... It was that Buddy Guy clip I couldn't get my head wrapped around. scratch

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10 Re: Shining Star and Fame on Sun Feb 01, 2009 1:59 am

Don knows how I feel about
these, already but I wanted
to write my two pennies.

What do I keep telling you
about this guy's backbeat?
I will never forget walking
into that club in downtown
Chicago, to be struck down
by that snare!! Man!!

Don has really covered a lot
of ground through the years,
a sushi-chef to serving chili;
he can do it, all.

Thank you, Don, for posting.




To the father of us, all - Billy Cobham!
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11 Re: Shining Star and Fame on Sun Feb 01, 2009 11:43 am

I've said this before and will say it again. Don has got the goods! After viewing and listening to both clips I'm convinced that all it takes is dedication to a groove for the funk to come out! Great job Nephew!

I also notice that you used here that surrogate HiHat. Never done that myself within the equipment rack though desiring to do so.

It's been just over ten years since seeing Carlos Alamar at Nick & Val's gathering they typically have every year. Carlos wrote Fame for Bowie and was working with him at the time off and on. Great guy... soft spoken and approachable from how I remember back when gigs were tossed and turned in New York City in the 70s.

Again... both Shining Star and Fame exemplify both Don Thomas and The Joint Chiefs. I love it.


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12 Re: Shining Star and Fame on Mon Feb 02, 2009 3:24 pm

Thank you, everyone for your kind comments.

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