Fall 1972. I’m at the Denver Folklore Center and with my newly cashed paycheck in my pocket. I bought Yes’ “Close to the Edge” and Santana’s “Caravansarai” (back then the Folklore Center had a huge record shop and was on 17th avenue).

I played Caravansarai so much it was worn out within a year. It was the mixture of Jazz and Rock and Latin music that opened me up to new ideas in music. I remember how fascinating Bitches Brew had been but not enough for me to buy it…the next paycheck, Weather Report’s “I Sing the Body Electric” and “Return to Forever” and Miles Davis “On the Corner” came home with me. Harry Tufts (Folklore Center Founder) noticed my purchase and remarked about a kid my age listening to this music.

It was like I had joined a cult. —Andy O’

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