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I have quite a few. Here are a couple:


Elton Dean (alto & soprano sax)

I discovered Dean from the Kieth Tippet Group who came to me via King Crimson. Dean became an influence immediately. Open string hammer-ons got me closer to his sound.


JS Bach. I learned melodic minor trying to play along to his violin (and organ) partitas. I still cant play those lines without thinking of Bach.

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I love jazz, too. Other than the jazz guitarists that I worship, I know some tunes by Monk, Dizzy, Miles, Horace Silver, and Toots Thielemans, and I really like Bird, Trane, and Bill Evans (piano). Unfortunately, I don't do improvisational sections well to their stuff. But, I'm getting better.

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My first instrument is the drums.

And some of my guitar playing

is influenced by my drumming

And by other drummers.


Sounds weird I know, but

when I'm playing rhythm

I kinda feel like I'm drumming... on the guitar!

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Orchestral music for it's rich tonal palette and emotional range


String Quartets


Violin.....classical, jazz, blues and folk


Soprano sax.....Wayne Shorter, Sidney Bechet


Alto sax.....Paul Desmond


Clarinet.....Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, innumerable classical virtuosi


Piano....classical, jazz, pub sing along, boogie woogie


Brass bands


Banjo.....Dixieland, folk, bluegrass


Bouzouki and Mandolin.....Greek and Irish







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Carly Simon's voice on the entire Torch album.


The timbre of her voice, and how it blends perfectly with, on a variety of songs, the saxophones of Michael Brecker, David Sanborn, and Phil Woods.


So good.

Inspired me, at a younger age, to sing like an instrument or conduit of pain and regret, rather than just mimicking what was on the radio.





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It's more specific than general, i.e. working out the correct notes of tunes and particular solos when you think "what is that?"


Curtis Fuller - a trombone solo of his on "All The Things You Are" really taught me a lot.

Bill Evans chords on "My Foolish Heart" - this is so famous it's in Real Book#1 (now that was a revelation) and can be played on guitar - Mclaughlin did it on "My Goal's Beyond".

Little Walter's incredible harmonica playing.


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