August 16, 2012
A Love Supreme
Here’s another installment of the interview Andrew did for Chris Grosso of theindiespiritualist.com, this time exploring some of the music he has found to be most influential:
Question: What are some of the musical albums or musicians/bands that have impacted your life and in what way?
Answer: Are You Experienced by Jimi Hendrix. To me the sheer improvisational genius, excitement, and freshness of Jimi Hendrix and his drummer Mitch Mitchell was incredibly inspiring and compelling. Their sound had a big influence on my musical development.
Swiss Movement by Eddie Harris & Les McCann. It really helped me to begin to learn how to hear the sound and soul of jazz. There’s a song on the album called “Compared to What” and the blues soulfulness with the jazz feeling in that tune moved me very deeply. I’ve listened to that song thousands of times.
In a Silent Way by Miles Davis also helped me to appreciate and hear the subtle depth and nuanced complexity of Jazz with greater appreciation than I ever had before. This record was one of the first to combine rock rhythms with jazz harmonies, giving rise to the jazz-fusion genre.
A Love Supreme by John Coltrane because of its spiritual depth, sheer majesty, and overwhelming beauty. Along with countless others, this timeless masterpiece moved me very deeply and continues to as much as ever today.
My favorite record of all time is Live-Evil by Miles Davis. There’s an explosive mix of Avant-garde free jazz, the screaming power of rock, down home blues, and extreme funk sensibilities. This all coming together in a swirling whirl of non-stop, creative improvisational intensity that turns me on eternally.