Me and Larry Willis performing at the
Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. (2005)

Larry and I met at Music and Art High School in Manhattan. He sang in the
chorus and played on the basketball team. He had only been playing jazz
piano a short time. One day he brought me over to meet and jam with his
drummer friend, Al Foster, who lived near the high school. Al and I liked
each other's playing from the start. The three of us formed a group and
played in a park in Harlem for 'free'. After touring with Simon and
Garfunkel in 1982, I recorded my first jazz album as a leader, using
Larry, Al, and bassist George Mraz. When I called Larry to ask him to play
on my album, he said, "Man, I've been waiting 20 years for you to do
this"! When he heard the completed album he told me this was his best
playing to date. My album was originally titled "Distant Lover(s)", then
"Dreaming of Your Love" when I re-mastered it.