I had to prove to myself that I could swing.
One night at the Blues Bar, Danny Aykroyd was playing the rough tapes of the Made in America album—the Blues Brothers album that no one has heard of. Keith Richards was there, and he came over and said, “What’s that shit, man? It sounds like a jazz drummer.” [laughs] So you can’t win.
About four years ago, I finally took the challenge. Sonny Rollins was asking me to play. He had approached me a couple of times before, but I would always cancel because I didn’t think that I was ready to play with a legend like him. But finally I did, and I overcame that. It was the last thing I had to overcome to prove to myself that I could play.
Modern Drummer, June 1985