July 30, 2012During our jams Danny challenged Charlie and me to be badder (in the sense of better) by planting himself in front of us in classic Kootch stance, with a facial expression that seemed to say, “I’m the baddest mutha‑fuckah around.
Whatta you got?”
Years later, Danny told me he hadn’t been thinking that at
all. He was simply doing what he always did when he played with other musicians: listening, learning, and figuring out what he could play that would help
establish a groove, augment the tune, and not get in the way of the
p. 182 From "A Natural Woman" Photo by Jim McCrary