Terry Burns Remembers "THE Paul Lagos"
October 27 2009,
I first heard Paul Lagos at age 17 (1973) in Omaha, NE when he played with
the "Pure Food and Drug Act". My friend, Dave Stryker, hipped me to
"Sugarcane", Randy Resnick, Victor Conte, and Harvey Mandel. I was blown
away and could not get enough. When I moved to Los Angeles in 1982, I got a
call from a sax player asking me if I wanted to go to a jam session at Paul
Lagos' house. I said, "You mean THE Paul Lagos"? He replied that he didn't
know...But I did. When I got there, sure enough, it was THE Paul Lagos! I
couldn't believe it. Anyway, that night began a 30 year friendship that I
will cherish the rest of my life.
Paul was much more than a friend to me. He was my teacher and mentor in so
many areas of my life. Paul was my biggest influence not only musically, but
also philosophically, ideologically, and religiously. Our discussions on the
road for 30 years, and our musical collaborations, culminating in the 2006
release of Paul's solo record, "Just in Time", are some of the most special
moments in my life.
I came to the Twin Cities in 1994, and lived with Paul for a while. He was
absolutely there for me when I needed him. His health began to deteriorate
about 10 years ago with prostrate cancer (which he beat) and arthritis,
which saddened him that he was no longer able to play like he used to...
I will always miss Paul, and cherish his memory. He was the baddest of the
baddest, and the master of music. This is the end of an era in music, and
the end of my greatest teacher.
October 25, 2009