He saw me coming -- he was combing his hair in the mirror -- and I put my hand out and said, “Hi, my name is --" and he said, “I know who you are.
I've been following your career for a long time.
,” and there's a lot about him that you guys didn't get to see that's pretty fun. We jammed together a lot all those years, starting in the late ‘70s, at my house in Oakland when I lived there -- I had a piano and a bass and drums and guitar in my bedroom, next to my waterbed. I don’t really know the last time I spoke with him, maybe within the year, maybe eight months.
He just didn't show that side of himself to the public. What was it like recording your early albums with him? But a few years later you began performing with him again occasionally. Just as close, hanging out, but in a totally different way. I think it was four or five years ago, during the 21 Nights [residency] at the Forum in L. To me it seems like it was last week, but that's part of our relationship -- sometimes we wouldn't talk for a long period of time and then start talking like it was yesterday.
But they remained close and she’d frequently guest with him onstage over the years, most recently in 2011.