On the last day of recording with Elvin, I brought some champagne and Cuban cigars. I had purchased the cigars sometime before in Montreal. I didn't have a humidor so they were dry and brittle. When Elvin showed up at the studio, I apologized for the dry cigars. He asked, "Do you have a coffee can?" I found one in the kitchen. "Do you have an apple?" I found one. "Wrap the core in some plastic wrap and poke some holes in it. Put that and the cigars in the can and seal it. They will be ready when we are done today." Sure enough, when we wrapped for the day, the cigars were soft and fragrant. That's when Elvin told me, "I grew up on a farm. If we wanted beer, we MADE it."