JazzTimes is proud to premiere “Cheetahs & Gazelles,” the opening track of the Denny Seiwell Trio’s Boomerang album, to be released Sept. 7 on Quarto Valley Records.
If you’re a Paul McCartney fan, Denny Seiwell’s name may already be familiar to you. He played drums on Macca’s second solo album Ram in 1971, and then became the original drummer in Wings. You can hear him on the hit singles “My Love” and “Live and Let Die,” among others. Seiwell has also worked as a session man with rock and pop artists such as Billy Joel, Art Garfunkel, Donovan, and John Denver, and he eventually forged a successful career playing on Hollywood film and TV scores. But jazz has always been his main artistic interest; his first New York gig was with the Zoot Sims/Al Cohn Quintet at the Half Note, his recorded debut was on J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding’s 1969 album Betwixt & Between, and other noteworthy artists on his credit list include Astrud Gilberto, Stanley Turrentine, Eumir Deodato, and Gary McFarland.
Boomerang is the second album by Seiwell’s L.A.-based trio, which is rounded out by guitarist John Chiodini (Natalie Cole, Peggy Lee, Nina Simone) and organist Joe Bagg (Bobby Hutcherson, Madeleine Peyroux, Larry Coryell). “Cheetahs & Gazelles” was written by Chiodini and inspired, according to Seiwell, by a wildlife TV show. Elsewhere on the album, there’s a new take on a song this drummer ought to know rather well: “Live and Let Die.” Seiwell describes it as “an upbeat shuffle, which gives a different treatment to a song that everyone knows and loves. Paul’s heard it and loves it.”
Look for a feature on Denny Seiwell in the November issue of JazzTimes.