I was the trumpet player in the group Blue Magic in about 1967 for about 2 years with Sandy McKee (Cecil Stoltie) at the Players Lounge (night club) on Stevens Creek Rd. in San Jose. We played together for 6 nights a week. When the band broke up, Sandy and I moved on to other bands. He went on to work with Lydia at that point, and I went on to play with other horn bands, etc.
Yes Sandy was funny and accomplished as all of us were. We were getting ready to record and do some sessions work, but there were some politics that got in the way so we disassembled.
Sandy could out talk anyone and never seemed to take a breath, but he was very entertaining as well. Lot's of fun when all of the players in a band are of the same caliber.
Eric, the B3 player and singer was also pretty funny and they were both accomplished at vocals.
The reason for the hi hat being so low was that Sandy played both sides, from the bottom on the upswing and the top down. This was something he did automatically, filling his fills.
The music we did was current and original, all well done our way. We packed the house and when people revisit Sandy or any of the San Jose circuit they still remember how good we really were.
I have lost quite of friends including Bill Resch, a trumpet player from San Jose State. We were quite well thought of in teh Jazz Band, etc. There was another drummer I played with in the area ... Rick Quintinel. Rick and I took a sabbatical to Mexico on Spring Break One year. Wound up playing with the Don Ellis band ... I believe Indian Lady was a tune that was on the Electric Bath album. Crazy playing with Glen Stuart and those 4 valve trumpets in unusual time signatures. Worth listening to.
I bumped into Sandy during a concert at Stanford Amphitheater while he was playing with Cold Blood. It was like two brothers who were still joined at the hip.
Sandy was a good man and a great drummer... I think of him from time to time. He is still with us in spirit.