The debut, in New York at the Knitting Factory, of my new group Effusion (a dangerous title, I know, because of the ill-association with the word "fusion" from the seventies, but in this day of so much exposure to so many great world musics, I think the word has taken on a broader and more acceptable connotation. Besides, I liked the implication of the group being "effusive" as well, which certainly describes the vibe) [NB. this group was the first "trial run" of what eventually became "The D.D. Jackson Group", with some of the material eventually making its way to my RCA Victor disc Anthem]. At any rate, the gig was definitely not a serious money-making proposition for me, but I took it as the only opportunity to try and get some new music together in preparation for a new recording which will hopefully take place within the next few months. Because it was also Halloween, attendance was spotty – perhaps 80 people, several of them personal friends and supporters, but I succeeded in achieving the "stepping stone" goal of plodding through the new stuff, and seeing what worked, and what didn’t…..