Growing up as a jazz player primarily, James Taylor was one of the few popular singer-songwriters that I accepted as one of “us” musicians. I didn’t mean to have such a lofty view that jazz-related music was the true source of every other American style of music, but I was, along with my fellow players, fairly narrow minded. Can you believe it?!
James, however, was OK with me, and his melodies, and chords, his honesty in the delivery, I always appreciated. In the 70’s, in Aspen Colorado, and San Francisco I played his song “Fire and Rain” as if it were my own. This is about the time when I was just starting to jazz-fusion-ize music I knew from other styles. I probably played this classic 1000 times or more. When I met James later on while we concertized in Tokyo, I was inspired to re-introduce myself and the listener to his song and now, finally, this version.