Denny Seiwell became Paul McCartney’s first post-Beatles choice as his drummer when he was brought into the sessions for Paul and Linda McCartney’s Ram album in 1970 and ‘71. Soon thereafter, Seiwell was invited to join the McCartney’s new project, Wings, where he played on Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway, as well as singles such as “Hi, Hi, Hi.”
Fifty years onward from those heady days, Seiwell continues to be not just a creative player, but also someone who seems to have innovative projects ingrained in his DNA. Among them are the instructional book What Not to Play! [2015, Alfred Music], the critically acclaimed Boomerang by his Denny Seiwell Trio [2018, Quarto Valley Records], and his latest effort, RAM ON [Cherry Red Records]—a loving and respectful reinterpretation of Ram.
RAM ON is the brainchild of guitarist/producer Fernando Perdomo to celebrate the original album’s 50th anniversary. In addition to Seiwell—who acted as co-producer with Perdomo—RAM ON features guitarist David Spinozza and flugelhorn player Marvin Stamm, who were also participants in the 1971 Ram sessions in New York at Columbia Recording and A&R Recording Studios. More than 100 musicians contributed to RAM ON via the “COVID collaboration” process of sending digital tracks to Perdomo at his Reseda Ranch Studios in Los Angeles. Featured performers include Joey Santiago (Pixies), Davey Johnstone (Elton John), Will Lee, Eric Dover (Jellyfish), and Carnie Wilson.