But as it turns out, Chick was so absorbed in jazz that he never got around to listening to the Beatles.
“During that time I was so thoroughly immersed in Miles, Coltrane and Bill Evans. “Gary [Burton] was deeply into the Beatles back then. I heard about them and all of the hoopla, but I had zero interest, and I didn’t follow what they were doing, for better or worse.”
Now here’s the twist: despite Chick’s connection with Martin, it wasn’t until 2007, when he was on tour with Bela Fleck, that Chick dug into the Beatles catalog.
Read about Chick and Bela’s Beatles-fuled road trip over at the LA Times.