"These were songs that had a lot of emotional content and gave us chills. They spoke to us."Mark Winkler: “Old Friends” became the title when I was watching a bunch of YouTube videos of Simon & Garfunkel. It immediately reminded me of David and myself. David Benoit: I wasn’t knocked out by it at first. It has weird three-bar phrases that are hard to decipher. It’s not in a friendly key. It’s beautiful but has a lot of twists and turns and is not structured normally, which I suppose is the genius of Paul Simon. Over time, its unusual signatures and phrases grew on me. Then in my mind, I started hearing an Erik Satie quote in the middle and used that. A lot of great jazz albums have been recorded this past year using solely digital transfer technology. Was Old Friends done in the studio using protocols, digitally or both? Mark Winkler: We did it in the studio with strict protocols. David Benoit: I don’t like working with digital transfers. I’ve always recorded with the guys in the studio and I’m glad Mark was confident enough to have everyone come in, wear masks and stay pretty much isolated from one another. I don’t think we could have achieved the magic here any other way.