I had thought [using octaves] would be very simple because it's similar to single lines; you just add another note. It sounds like it would be very easy, but it's just the opposite because of your fingering positions. I had a lot of thoughts going on at first, but very little coming out. It should not be any trouble I kept telling myself. Every time I indulged, it because harder than I imagined....You have to move your fingers, get them in the right position otherwise if you're off a little, it sounds horrible. You wouldn't want to hear it, man. You ought to hear me when I have a bad night.... I don't like to give into it; once you do, you have more bad nights than good.
I didn't join A&M because Creed was coming over. In fact, I was surprised to hear Creed was joining the company.
Signed to A&M Records in May 1967.
- Jazz Beat. Eliot Tiegel. Billboard, August 19, 1967, 12.