“Originally, Lloyd Miller pressed 300 copies of Oriental Jazz, and he then attempted to distribute them himself, hitting up local shops and selling one or two at the rare gig, as well as sending some out as demos in an attempt to gain wider notice. The World Pacific record label — which should have been a natural fit — got a copy and passed, as did Ahmet Ertegun of Atlantic Records, who apparently loved it, but not quite enough to cut a record deal. Mostly the copies languished for years in his home, until finally being discovered by collectors--and sold for hundreds of dollars-- in the 2000s. At this point, he’s sanguine about it, noting that, “If it’s any good it won’t sell,” while also acknowledging that as far as his longtime home of Utah is concerning jazz, he “may as well be in the Kalahari Desert.”