's recordings between classes; priceless lessons in ear training and analysis. I was really stoked about piano, even though my undergraduate major wasn't music. Years later, I had private piano coaches, and worked as a sideman with a few ensembles in the Bay Area. But realistically, I'm mostly self- taught as a musician. And I wouldn't have had it any other way.
Instrument(s): Piano, drums.
I knew I wanted to be a musician when... I first heard the Horace Silver Quintet at Keystone Korner, in 1978. At the time, Silver was working on more open forms like "The Aztec Sun God," which really knocked me out; highly polytonal and rhythmic.
Your sound and approach to music: Although George Russell
's Lydian Chromatic Concept introduced me to pan-tonality, I don't always strive for those effects in performance. Still, musical content remains very important to me; form alone is not sufficient. I listen to a lot of music by Bartók, Busoni, and Andrew Hill