Testin’ It Out was played live by the Giant Steps band.
I was in the studio when they had a jam session.
When Giant Steps got to the main groove, that made the record, we (Head Rush fka Alphabet Soup) all looked at each other simultaneously - we knew that was “the one.”
After the jam session, Giant Steps and us (Head Rush fka Alphabet Soup) talked while walking through mid-town Manhattan. We discussed completing the song and possibly working together again. Additionally, Giant Steps asked me if I played any instruments (I played the piano for six years) and if so how many (only one). They were incredibly forthcoming with their compliments of the production of the entire Sunny Day In Harlem EP. They even suggested that the only way I could have produced the EP as it sounded was under the influence of drugs. I informed them that my mother wouldn’t let me come to the studio unless I brought my sister who’s four year younger than me. Being her guardian while working on the EP didn’t allow me to operate without a clear head. So the EP was produced without the assistance of drugs. I acknowledge, now as I did then, that the irony of that “under the influence” assumption was a weighty compliment. I was and am honored that a band, clearly students of their craft, thought I reached into another dimension, so to speak, while I created musical atmosphere for Sunny Day In Harlem EP.
Giant Steps later replayed the main groove along with some variants (change-ups) which were looped and sequenced by an engineer (I guess as I’m uncertain) that worked for Giant Steps for the final cut that made their first volume, Giant Steps: Volume One.