We arrived for the sound check. It was the first of the two shows in
the City Winery, Chicago.
That was the band:
Billy Cobham: Drums
Paul Hanson: Bassoon & Soprano Sax
Scott Tibbs: Keyboards
Fareed Haque: Guitars
Tim Landers: Bass
Randy Brecker: Trumpet
Then, there Billy, Randy and then Billy and I at the table.
Billy is the most wonderful man. What can I say? We talked for
a while and he brought up that story about Pat Martino that I
had totally forgotten about - the fact that Pat had an accident
and then lost all of his memory and how Gil Goldstein helped
to bring that musical memory back because he did not know
or remember who he was musically. It was all connected to
Billy having helped me with my arm and going left-lead and
how the brain functions etc.
I did not get a picture of him but the great Vic Salazar was
there and we shared stories. I wish I had my wife photograph he
and I. He is a wonderful guy, too. He has so many stories.
The show was kick-ass. My seat could have been better for
seeing Billy but (you cannot see it in the picture) being with-
out my leg and pelvis and having the dead left leg, I was on
a scooter and I needed to be at an edge of a table. Still, they
had Hendricks and I can picture everything Billy was doing
in my head.
Paul Hanson is such the addition. I saw some video of him
and he really is quite the artist.
Scott Tibs on the Rhodes brought it all back. Of course, he
did it up on the other keys, as well and was fabulous.
Fareed Haque is a phenomenon. He is perfect always and
in every situation.
Tim Landers did it again - laying it down and had a really
nice set of alternating measures for his solo, which we all
Randy was/is Randy. He did not remember my story about
him and I know they had to get going after but nothing can
be said about him. He is like Billy is to the trumpet.
I will write more soon.
PS - Swiss Francs like Billy's visit.