I know this is an old thread but I found it while searching the web for my dad Billy Root. He would be happy to know that people are still interested in his playing, he passed several years ago from Parkinson's. On a bright note his original Saxes live on , a musician and fan of dads bought and restored his Baritone and Tenor, and he plays them professionally in Philly. Pop used to spend hours at the Music store opening and sorting reeds, often dozens of boxes to pick the best and make a box, then he would bring them home put one on try it(playing the same short scale that is embedded in my brain lol). 9 out of ten times he would say "peace of crap" and break it replacing it with another one going through the same process. I still have a few boxes of his reeds and mouthpieces that I keep as mementos. Lastly one important note that he wanted everyone to know, I helped him with his last recording here in Vegas at a small local club (I did the photos). He didn't know at the time but he already had fairly advanced dementia at the time. he was able to pick the band and was very happy with the group, particularly Vinnie "Tanno' Neapolitan , a life long friend and UNBEALIVABULE trumpet player. Dad hated the recording, he knew he had lost much of his ability and was heartbroken about it. He never picked up the instrument again. In his memory I ask that for those who know this story pass it on to anyone who may judge him by this last piece of work. I only mention this because several years ago on a post I found on the Blue Note forum some one was putting down the recording and didn't know how truly great a player he was. If anyone is interested in any interesting or funny stories about Dad I would be happy to share them. Thanks to everyone for keeping his memory alive.