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He was the consummate musician. Always listening, always ready to learn, always ready to teach. His life was a bonanza of musical milestones, and at each step of the way he touched many listeners.

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, he 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.

He is missed. Terribly.