My Influences

 
Some of my all time favorite jazz albums are:

  • “The Stylings of Silver” – Horace Silver
  • “Live at Birdland, 1963” – Art Blakey
  • “Rip, Rig, and Panic” – Rhassan Roland Kirk
  • “Out of this World” – Pepper Adams/Donald Byrd Quintet, featuring Herbie Hancock
  • “The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery” – Wes
  • “In and Out” – Joe Henderson & “The Real McCoy” – McCoy Tyner (These two belong together as one, same period, personal, and style)
  • “1st Bassman” – Paul Chambers (featuring tunes by Yuseff Lateef)
  • “Luminescence” – Barry Harris (w/Pepper Adams and Slide Hampton arrangements)
  • “Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderly”
  • “Hub Tones” – Freddie Hubbard (w/Herbie Hancock)

Equally great:

  • Dinah Washington, Live in 1963
  • “Jim Hall Live” (seems to be out of print, on Horizon Label, a trio w/Don Thompson on bass)
  • “Thrust” – Herbie Hancock
  • “Gnu High” – Kenny Wheeler, featuring Keith Jarrett
  • “Pure Desmond” – Paul Desmond, featuring the great Canadian guitarist, Ed Bickert
  • “Mountain in the Clouds” – Miroslav Vitous, (also released as Infinate Search)
  • “All the Way” – Little Jimmy Scott (alot of people may not be aware of this great singer who released few recordings)
  • “Blowin’ the Blues Away” and “Finger Poppin'” – Horace Silver Quintet
  • “Four and More”, “Live at the Blackhawk”, “My Funny Valentine”, and “Porgy and Bess”, – by Miles Davis
  • “Transition”, “Live at the Village Vanguard”, “Afro-Blue”, “w/Johnny Hartman”- by John Coltrane Quartet
  • “Roll Call” – Hank Mobley, w/Blakey and Hubbard
  • “The Big Beat” – Art Blakey
  • “Unity” – Larry Young
  • “Cannonball Adderly & the Poll Winners”, featuring Wes Montgomery

Little known records which are terrific:

  • Jean Luc Ponty’s “Sunday Walk”,
  • Sam Jones “The Soul Society”
  • and “The Chant” (These are ten piece bands)
  • Philly Jo Jones big band records,
  • Blue Mitchell Sextet,
  • And the list goes on….. and on…. and on…. my apologies to all the great records and artists which I omitted! Isn’t it an abundant world?!

My favorite jazz groups are:

  • Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers,
  • Horace Silver’s group,
  • John Coltrane Quartet,
  • and the groups of Miles Davis.

My favorite jazz composers are:

  • Duke Ellington,
  • Alec Wilder,
  • Billy Strayhorn,
  • John Coltrane,
  • Wes Montgomery,
  • Tadd Dameron,
  • Bennie Golson,
  • Charles Mingus,
  • Thelonius Monk,
  • Cedar Walton,
  • Wayne Shorter

Some of my favorite soloists are:

Sax:

  • Pepper Adams
  • John Coltrane
  • Lester Young
  • Bird
  • Wayne Shorter
  • Joe Henderson
  • Hank Mobley
  • Rahsaan Roland Kirk
  • Pharoah Sanders
  • Booker Ervin
  • Dexter Gordon
  • Sonny Rollins
  • Slide Hampton (bone)

Trumpet:

  • Lee Morgan
  • Freddie Hubbard
  • Fats Navarro
  • Booker Little
  • Miles

Piano:

  • Herbie Hancock
  • Barry Harris
  • McCoy Tyner
  • Bill Evans
  • Phineas Newborn
  • Jimmy Smith (organ)
  • Bud Powell
  • H. Silver
  • Wynton Kelley
  • Jaki Byard
  • Cedar Walton
  •  Joanne Brackeen

Bass:

  • Paul Chambers
  • Sam Jones
  • Ron Carter

Drums:

  • Roy Haynes
  • Elvin Jones
  • Art Blakey
  • Jack DeJonette

Guitar:

  • Grant Green
  • Wes Montomery
  •  Jim Hall

Singers:

  • Nancy Wilson
  • Dinah Washington
  • Jimmy Scott
  • Johnny Hartman
  • Sarah Vaughan
  • Betty Carter
  • Billie Holliday
  • Ray Charles

So called young lions:

  • Mulgrew Miller
  • Terence Blanchard
  • Steve Turre
  • Christian McBride
  • etc…