Got a call yesterday to play a benefit somehow related to Terry Kath (former Chicago guitarist) and featuring some current and former members of the band. I'm thinking "cool - I get to play music I like with some really good players", when the guy says "You do play flute too, don't you?" Uh-oh. The gig is all on tenor sax, except for Color My World, where I have to play the flute solo. The good news is I know the solo cold - it was probably one of the first things I learned when I picked up the flute so many years ago. The bad news is that the horn has been sitting on the shelf untouched for years. There just hasn't been much call for flute doubling in the bands I play with. Amazingly, despite the disuse (disease?), the flute seems to be sealing well and in good shape, although I will probably take it to the tech for a quick check-up. So my question is - what are some good quick recovery exercises to get some tone (and air) back. I have already started on long tones, scales and arpeggios. I'm thinking in terms of things like harmonic tone matching on sax, or the mouthpiece exercise. Practice regimen ideas are welcome as well. Right now, it seems like I can only play for 10 or 15 minutes at a time without getting dizzy.