There was much talk at the time about Jimi collaborating with Gill Evans and going into a jazz direction..
He wanted to, yeah. It’s a funny story. He wanted to play with Miles Davies, and the word came down from Miles Davis’s office “Miles wants $50,000 or he ain’t coming down,” so that session went, see ya!
It’s also interesting to hear Jimi play with another guitar player on some of these tracks.
Larry Lee was an old friend, he played with Jimi at Woodstock. God bless Jimi he was such a sweet guy, he had a heart of gold, he was a really sensitive human being, really quiet, self-effacing, and he never let his friends down. If his friends needed a hand like Larry, he’d say ‘come and hang out’. He might not be the most amazing guitar player in the world, but he was Jimi’s mate.
A selection of questions from the floor followed:
Those very old tapes that you work with, I’ve heard they have a tendency to stick together?
Why is that?
Because we were lucky, number one, and number two, there’s a scientific reason, I won’t bore you with the details but it has to do with whales.
The animal or the country?
It was the actual whale oil that was part of the formula for tape up until the mid ‘70s. And then of course when the whale ban happened, the tape manufacturers had to switch to something else, and that’s when we ran into trouble. But fortunately, up until 1970, we were good. We never baked one of Jimi’s tapes ever.