Don Was
01-25-2012, 02:27 AM, (This post was last modified: 01-25-2012, 10:57 AM by john.)
Don Was
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As you probably recall from the Slezak interview, Haley said that she had wanted to work with producer Don Was before he left the show to go work with John Mayer (HR: thumbs up, "awesome"). He was the producer on HOTRS (thumbs up, awesome). I can see the attraction for Haley, although Randy might find that Don doesn't know who he is as an artist. I'd love to see her work with some A-team producers like Was. He co-founded the band Was (Not Was), whose music reflects some of his musical sensibilities. Got that funky, soulful, rockin', jazzy sound. Oh, what singer could relate to that?

Quote:Was (Not Was), dubbed “the funkier art-funk band” by The New York Times, have spanned three decades with their mutant mix of jazz, rock, R&B and funk.

Quote:Veteran music producer Don Was has made a singu lar name for himself as one of the top producers in the music industry. Although he began his career as a co-founder, along with “brother” David Was (born David Weiss), of Was (Not Was), an eclectic and nontraditional band that combined soul, funk, R&B, and rock/dance influences with satiric, often bizarre lyrics, Was is today better known for his ability to attend to the diverse needs and aims of musicians in a wide variety of genres, including Bonnie Raitt, the B52s, and Bob Seger. In a 1994 People article, Was attributes his abilities as a producer to the blend of rock, R&B, and country music he heard growing up in Detroit. Al Teller, chairman of MCA Records, which backed Was’s imprint Karambolage Records in the mid-1990s, described Was to Steve Pond of the New York Times as “the real deal. He has an eclectic ear and perspective, and he can communicate well with a broad assortment of artists. Also, he works from the heart. He doesn’t make calculated commercial decisions. He keeps to what is truly important, which in today’s music business is often forgotten.”
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Music from the 80s.

With Wayne Kramer (MC5 member way back in the Kick Out the Jams days)

with the late Stephen Burton

More recently from Rolling Stone
Quote:By Matthew Perpetua
August 11, 2011 9:00 AM ET

Don Was
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Grammy-winning producer Don Was has been named the Chief Creative Officer of Blue Note Records, the long-running jazz label that has been home to Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis and Norah Jones.

Was, who began his career in the avant-funk band Was (Not Was), has been a successful producer since the Eighties. In addition to working with the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, Bob Seger and Willie Nelson, Was produced Bonnie Raitt's 1989 album Nick of Time, which won the Grammy for Album of the Year. He became the in-house producer for American Idol earlier this year.

According to an inside source who spoke to the Hollywood Reporter, Was got the gig at Blue Note on the strength of his work as a producer. "They want a producer on staff and that's what Don brings, as opposed to other A&R guys who just claim they're producers."

Every year Don puts on his Detroit All Star Review and plays bass with the performers. Lots of clips here including Martha Reeves singing Dancing in the Street on her 70th birthday.
01-25-2012, 04:06 AM, (This post was last modified: 01-25-2012, 04:07 AM by Miguel.)
RE: Don Was
Quote:mutant mix of jazz, rock, R&B and funk

Quote:He has an eclectic ear and perspective...he works from the heart. He doesn’t make calculated commercial decisions. He keeps to what is truly important...

Sounds like a perfect match for Haley.

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