In memory of him, I point you to two things:
1) Some sweet folks have uploaded a video clip of Tom reminiscing about old-school tennis shoes... in particular, a persuasive TV commercial starring Julius Erving. Click here to see it on YouTube. (Hat-tip: Jeff the Purple.)
2) There’s a new Miles Davis six-CD box set out: “The Complete On The Corner Sessions.” Tom Terrell wrote the liner notes.
In addition to interviewing such sidemen as Michael Henderson and Mtume, Tom shared a personal reminiscence. Here’s what he wrote:
TOM TERRELL: Flashback: Summer of ’73. A tropical, Saturday night house party in my boy Cincinnati’s ground floor garden apartment in Chillum, Md. Fried chicken, MD20-20, bong hits, plenty of fine, friendly sisters and War on the box. Bumpin’!
I don’t know what they was doing in the bedroom but soon as the song faded (“The Cisco Kid he was a friend of mine/Ooo-oo-oooo-oo”) Cincinnati put on Miles Davis Live At The Philharmonic. Hah! Killed the party cold. Dudes cursed, ladies bounced. ’Natti just shrugged and gave the volume maximum overdrive and pushed the “extra bass” button. BOOF!
All of a sudden everybody who stayed started dancing. I started dancing. And we didn’t stop... until the P.G. County cops walked through the patio entrance with a couple of frisky German shepherds. Needless to say, the party broke up.
That Monday afternoon, instead of having a Miles Long pastrami sub – cooked onions, mozzarella and fries – I went downtown to the Soul Shack and copped the two-record set.