I received this cymbal from Roy shortly after we did the Now He Sings Now He Sobs recording. By that time he had Paiste giving him lots of flat rides. But I took care of that one because of the deep significance that was attached to it regarding my friendship and music making with the great Royalty of Haynes. When I formed Circle with Dave Holland, we had Barry Altschul play that cymbal – it fit so well with the timbres of the piano. It can be heard on all the Circle recordings. Then when Airto joined the first version of Return To Forever, I had him play the cymbal. It can be heard on Return To Forever ECM, then on Light As A Feather. I had many of my drummers play the cymbal. It also appears on The New Trio – Jeff Ballard playing it. The legacy goes on – and the cymbal still embodies the Roy-alty that it came from.
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