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ESP Quintet

RIYL

Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams, Ron Carter, Weather Report, the Brecker Brothers, Christian McBride Quartet

Inception

San Diego , 1992

Influences

Stockhausen, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Brecht, Subotnik, John Cage, Moog, Bird, Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk, John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Wayne Shorter, Stan Getz, J. Smith, Oscar Peterson, H. Silver, Bartok, Oberheim, Joe and Fletcher Henderson, Pat Martino, Pat Metheny, Bobby Timmons, Gil and Bill Evans, R. Garland, T. Flanagan, C. Walton, Herbie Hancock, Chic Corea, Keith Jarrett, Kenny Kirkland, Scott Henderson, Andrew Hill, Paul Bley, Wes Montgomery, James Brown, George Clinton, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, the Zombies, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Burdon, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Cannonball Adderly, ZAWINUL, Bebo and Chucho Valdez, Peruchin, Emiliano Salvador, Papo Lucca, Joe Cuba, Eddie and Charlie Palmieri, Brecker Brothers, Jaco Pastorius, Chris Potter, Alfredo Rodriguez, Ruben Blades, Tony Williams, Alan Holdsworth, John McLaughlin, Brad Mehldau, Elvin Jones, Roy Haynes, Terrion Gulley, Danilo Perez, Sting, the Police, Joni Mitchell, Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Kenny Werner, Dave Holland, Hermeto Pascal, Vijay Iyer, Ray Baretto, Tony Levin, Bill Charlap, Billy Childs, Scott Kinsey, Peter Gabriel, Egberto Gismonti, Larry Young Goldings, Joey DeFrancesco, Joey Calderazzo, Cecil Taylor, AACM, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Archie Shepp, Geoffrey Keezer, Steve Gadd, the Crusaders, Johnny Guitar Watson, the Gadd Gang
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The roots of jazz fusion group ESP Quintet go back to when keyboardist Lynn Willard met drummer Will Parsons in 1967. “He was visiting Northwestern University’s New Experimental Music and Dance School,” says Willard, “and a croney of Steve Schick in the classical department, a musical mentor to me in two or three bands.”

In the early ‘90s, the band earned regular gigs at local venues like Elario’s. “We played there ‘til Martin Mosier sold the hotel,” says Willard. “After that run ended, we became a specialty act.” As of 2009, they’re often found playing at Dizzy’s. Though they’ve been together for around 17 years, the ESP Quintet has yet to release an album.

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