There I was, a young multi-instrumental gunslinger, having just landed in NYC, hired on an album project being cut at Cove City Studios, the place where they had done all those Mariah Carey records and countless other monsters, owned and operated by Billy Joel sax legend Richie Cannata.

Sitting next to Richie at the console while his engineer tweaked a mix, I began gushing to him what an honor it was working with the guy who had played all those classic Billy Joel sax parts. "I mean, man...Just The Way You Are...that solo was a composition in and of itself. Just an absolute masterpiece."

Richie smiled politely and said, "Well, actually that was Phil Woods."

It was the first time I ever recall wishing I could spontaneously combust.