Schaphorst excavated a Liston arrangement of Weston's “Sweet Meat’’ that seems never to have been played in concert. “It's a real pleasure to work on these arrangements with the students because they're so well crafted,’’ he says, “but for me the real treat is to hear Randy himself.’’
Though Weston is a frequent speaker at schools and an on-stage storyteller, he says his ongoing inquiry is spiritual, not intellectual.
“I heard a magic in the music. The magic of Mother Nature,’’ he says, “the magic of the galaxy, the magic of the stars — the magic that African people were in tune with.’’