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After that night, I began to see Mingus more and more. The last time that
I saw Mingus, I was doing a concert with Saxophonist Al Cohn. Gerry Mulligan
was pushing Mingus in a wheelchair. He also had a brace around his neck.
After the concert he took my left hand and just held it for what seemed
to be a lifetime. That will stay with me always.
Still in 1976 was when I officially met Dexter Gordon. Al Cohn introduced
us after our concert in Antwerp, Belgium. The first thing that Dexter
said to me was "I'm gonna call you when I come
I didn't know if he was serious or not, so I just didn't think about it.
Lo and behold, when he came to New York, he called and said, "I'm gonna
make a record and I've got a few things lined up that I would like for
you to do with me".The recording was entitled "Homecoming" -CBS
the period 1976-1977, I continued to work and record albums. There was
"Little Red's Fantasy" with Woody Shaw where he recorded a composition
of mine entitled "Sashianova" and Louis Hayes recording my composition
"My gift to you".