Billy Harper told me that Gil Evans was sorry I wasn’t in NYC for some movie sessions he was writing that next week. I called Gil right away and Gil got me a plane ticket.
When I told Billy that I was going to New York, McCoy spoke up and asked if I would play tuba on his upcoming recording (Tender Moments) that week. And it wasn’t the just Gil Evans thing and McCoy’s record that fall.
There was Carla Bley and Gary Burton’s “The Genuine Tong Funeral”, Freddie Hubbard’s “High Blues Pressure”, and Andrew Hill’s “Passing Ships”. New York welcomed me back and I had to call LA and cancel some dates. Big Black (conga player) was not too happy about it.