“It was done at the time of my first solo album. The original drums didn’t make it because they were on the edge of the tape. Joe Vitale did a really great drum part, and I did a bass part to make it clearer. When I got it back, I said, ‘This sounds like the original.’ On the original recording, I think it’s [drummer] Conrad [Isedor] and [bassist] ‘Fuzzy’ [Calvin Samuel].
“Jimi just walked into the studio, plugged in, and we practiced it twice. I sat down and tried to write some lyrics, but I never finished them. Jimi was nonplussed with the title, and so was I. In years since, it developed more of a cringe-factor. So I just decided to call it the ‘Jimi Jam,’ and there you go.
“It’s not like I was sitting on it for four decades, but I would have liked to have put more into it – put a real set of lyrics on it and so forth. It is what it is, and it’s certainly Jimi Hendrix – you can certainly tell that much.
“Jimi was a real gentleman and just the sweetest person in the world. He wanted me to play bass with him on tour after he came to loggerheads with Noel Redding. The jam is something of a bittersweet memory for me. I wish I had made it more of a song.”