was 8 years old and standing in front of a family friend's bass
amp. The vinyl padded Kustom amp was bigger than me. My friend
hit the low E string and my body shook like Jello. I was hooked!
That was what I wanted to play: The Bass!
My first professional playing experience came when I was sixteen. A friend
had a concept for a group, "Black and White." We would play George
Duke, James Taylor, EWF, Steely Dan, Pop and R&B. Jazzy stuff.
The R&B influence was strong in my neighborhood. Earth, Wind & Fire.
Parliament / Funkadelic, New Birth, The Barkays, The Emotions, The Dazz Band,
Brick, Confunkshun, Slave, The Reddings, Midnight Starr, Tina Marie, Patti
Austin, Ohio Players, Average White Band, Atlantic Starr, Peabo Bryson, Robbie
Robbins, Bobby Caldwell and many more.
most influential album
"I Heard That!" Quincy Jones
Return To Forever
Earth, Wind, and Fire
no particular order)
Chuck Rainey, Marcus Miller, Larry Graham, Louis Johnson, Bootsy, James Jamerson, Byron
Miller (George Duke), Neil Orsted-Pederson, Tony Dumas, Anthony Jackson, Abraham
Laboriel, Ron Carter, Stanley, Jaco, Lincoln Goines, Victor Bailey, Victor
Wooton, Ray Brown, John Pattituci and more!
Joe Sample, George Duke, Rodney Franklin, Kenny Drew, Bobby Enriques, Jorge
Dalto, Oscar Peterson, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Jeff Lorber,
Greg Phillingaines, Bob James, Bobby Lyle, Billy Childs, Kenny Kirkland and
Steve Gadd, Harvey Mason, Lenny White, Billy Cobham. Omar Hakim, Dave Weckl,
Robby Ameen, Dennis Chambers, Trilok Gurtu, Vinnie Coliuta and more!
Earl Klugh, George Benson, Joe Pass, Jonathon Butler, Paul Jackson, Jr., Norman
Brown, Al Mckay, Ray Parker, Robbin Ford, Eric Clapton, Andre Segovia, Chet
Atkins and so many more!
David Sanborn, Grover Washington, Jr.,Gerald Albright, Najee, Kirk Whalum,
John Coltrane (of course), Tom Browne, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Ernie
Watts, Marion Meadows, Miles Davis, Paquito DiRivera, Dave Valentine, Ronnie
Laws, The Brecker Brothers, Charlie Parker, and many, many others!