When I went to college, I became a jazz fanatic—this was back when you could get LPs for $3.99—and I saw this guy who looked interesting and I bought his record, a reissue of his first one [Devil May Care], on Bethlehem. I immediately fell in love with his voice, then fell in love with his attitude, and I stayed a fan. That, of course, was Bob Dorough.
After college I went into the music business, working at EMI/Blue Note under Bruce Lundvall. Bruce got a phone call one day from someone who had been given my name as a Bob Dorough fan, and said that Bob had ideas for a record and was looking for a deal. Bruce walked into my office and said, “I just heard from Bob Dorough. You don’t want to sign him, do you?” I said, “Absolutely, I want to sign him! I love Bob Dorough!”