Paul Scher, Jimmy Derbis, Minneapolis, 1979
Playing mid-week usually allowed a more informal and intimate experience. The frantic excesses of the Friday and Saturday night shows were fun, but a Wednesday or Thursday gig in a small University-area club gave the opportunity to stretch out, to explore musical ideas, to have some breathing room. And when the crowd was into it, Jimmy would lay out. You could hear Paul's breathing as he played his silver alto sax and carried you away.