"It was a great jam session – five or six of us fishing for those spontaneous magic moments that turn into songs. Jim and I had talked a bunch, but never had a chance to play together. I watched him for a while from across the room and ended up standing next to him. I was amazed at what a complete musician he was. His playing was effortless and always exactly what was needed – nothing more, nothing less.
It’s rare and very special to realize that you are on the same wavelength with another musician – no words needed."
"I miss everything about Jim. He was a life-long brother-musician to me and we spent a lot of time together, had a great affection for each other and understood each other and the way we worked. Although we had slightly different ways of seeing things and even disagreements, we really understood each other."
I have known Jim on and off over the years and remember going down to the cottage in Berkshire to jam with him. The arrival of Traffic’s songs and the imagery of Jim Capaldi’s lyrics drove forward and then ahead on a vast surge of beautiful hope and other worldliness.
I was a big Traffic fan. They’re magical! Jim Capaldi is a bit of an unsung hero, a really under-rated drummer and one of the greatest musicians and lyricists to come out of this country.
And as a drummer I thought Jim was up there with the best – a really funky and innovative style. That’s on top of his beautiful, mystical lyrics. They caught the flavour of the “Summer of Love”, but they had worldliness to them too, far more than his tender years. Intriguing and enveloping, Jim was a true artist.
I knew Jim pretty well. He took part in the Eric Clapton Rainbow Concert in 1973; but I’d hung out with him prior to that. Jim was an extraordinary artisan on Drums – obviously a real musician as well as a drummer. For years I had no idea he wrote the sublime lyrics behind Traffic. My favourite song of Traffic is ‘No Face No Name No Number’, but I’m pretty keen on ‘Dear Mr Fantasy’ too. I’m such a huge fan. I like all of Jim’s solo stuff, especially ‘Living On The Outside’
Jim was one of those people who managed to comfortably straddle the twin Seventies worlds of New Age and the rock business. He seemed at ease, whatever came his way. I envied that about him.