In a restaurant, prior to attending a Return To Forever concert, Jody Ellis introduced Gerry Fielding to Miki Petkovski. They had both played on recordings for Jody but had never met. An animated conversation led to a plan to play some fusion music together. Soon like-minded players Budi Winarto and Peter Crolly joined the fold and started to rehearse music written by Jody, Miki and Pete. When award-winning engineer/musician Ron Searles offered to record the band, STRAToS slipped into high gear.