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My Influences

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I find it funny when reviewers assert my influences; they are never correct and I'd prefer to acknowledge my sources. So here is a list of the music that helped inspire my forthcoming album, You Are Here. The whole list makes me euphoric, but highlights for me would be Jack DeJohnette's fevered drumming on "Down San Diego Way" and Andy Sheppard's seductive soprano on "Sol." Tomasz Stanko's trumpet similarly slays me: rich, magnificent and tragic like a crumbling empire. I don't say my music sounds like this—if only—but this is what makes me want to write.

1Sol8:57Andy SheppardAndy Sheppard
2Celebration7:51Bheki MselekuCelebration
3Aneba5:59Kenny WheelerOne of Many
4Sleep Safe and Warm (Lullaby from Rosemary's Baby)3:10Tomasz Stanko SeptetLitania
5The Burning Babe3:43Kathryn TickellKathryn Tickell & Ensemble Mystical
6Lovely joan6:34Danny ThompsonWhatever
7Beauty Queen / Horses6:07Tori AmosBoys for Pele
8Sleepwalkers5:16David SylvianSleepwalkers
9Se equivoco la paloma2:18Kim Kashkashian & Robert LevinAsturiana—Songs from Spain and Argentina
10Down San Diego Way7:48Arthur BlytheLenox Avenue Breakdown


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