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John Beasley: Master of All Trades

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AAJ: Lastly, and just for fun, apparently once upon a time there was a band you were in with Vinnie Colaiuta, John Patitucci, and Steve Tavaglione called Audio Mind. That had to have been a blast of fusion! What can you tell us about that? Are there any recordings of Audio Mind out there?

JB: We still carry that 'audio mind' sensibility. We are life-long friends and know that those days were surely formative years. We were known for improvising whole sets which was unusual in that time in the LA fusion era. We learned how to be free. Free from judgment, jazz police, standards, and commercialization. We played for ourselves. Yes, there's a bootleg recording out there that I have. We should have a reunion one day soon.

AAJ: Indeed, you should. That would be outstanding. I look forward to that day and am most appreciative of your time today.
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