After my solo, I put my horn down and headed into the control room. "Are we ready," I asked Joe Hadlock, the engineer.
Meanwhile, the band was trading choruses. But the slow tempo made it difficult for the band to follow the form during Elvin's solo. The song broke down.
I went back into the studio and the band was talking. "The trades are too long," Elvin said.
"No problem," I said. "We're ready to record."
I called "Reunion Dues," a waltz that I had written years before under the spell of Elvin and Coltrane.
I heard later that Keiko had been standing in the control room during the soundcheck. Joe and Gregg Keplinger had been listening to each of the close microphones on Elvin. "That does not sound right," Keiko said. Joe turned up the two microphones that were about eight feet in front of Elvin's kit. "Ah!" Keiko said, and left the room.