Tom Coster in 2009
(Steve Smith and Vital Information)
21 August 1941 |
Detroit, Michigan United States
|Genres||Rock, Latin rock, jazz fusion, classical|
|Occupations||Musician, composer, pianist|
|Instruments||Keyboards, synthesizer, programming, piano, organ, accordion, guitar, bass guitar, drum machine|
|Associated acts||Carlos Santana
Third Eye Blind
|Various Keyboard Instruments|
Tom Coster (born August 21, 1941) is an American keyboardist and composer. Detroit-born and San Francisco-raised, Coster played piano and accordion as a youth, continuing his studies through college and a productive five-year stint as a musician in the U.S. Air Force Band.
Coster has played with and/or composed for many groups and musicians including The Loading Zone, Gábor Szabó, Carlos Santana, Billy Cobham, Third Eye Blind, Coryell/Coster/Smith, Claudio Baglioni, Stu Hamm, Boz Scaggs, Zucchero and Bobby Holiday, Joe Satriani, Frank Gambale, and Vital Information. Coster also produced several solo jazz fusion recordings as a leader for Fantasy, Headfirst, and JVC.
Some of Coster's best-known compositions are "Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile)", "Flor D'Luna (Moonflower)" and "Dance, Sister, Dance (Baila Mi Hermana)" performed by Santana, and "The Perfect Date" performed by Vital Information.
His son Tommy Coster is also a keyboardist.
Solo Discography and Personnel
- T.C. (Fantasy, 1981)
- Ivory Expeditions (Fantasy, 1983)
- Did Jah Miss Me?!? (Headfirst/JVC, 1989)
- Tom Coster - keyboards
- Tommy Coster - keyboards
- Jordan Rudess - keyboards
- Ernie Watts - alto, soprano and tenor saxophones, and Yamaha WX-7 wind driver
- Frank Gambale - acoustic and electric guitars
- Randy Jackson - electric bass
- Dennis Chambers - drums
- Steve Smith - drums
- Larry Grenadier - acoustic bass
- From Me to You (Headfirst/JVC, 1990)
- Gotcha (JVC, 1992)
- Let's Set the Record Straight (JVC, 1993)
- The Forbidden Zone (JVC, 1994)
- Interstate '76 Soundtrack (w/Bullmark) (Activision, 1996)
- From the Street (JVC, 1996)