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“What were the motivating factors behind your decision to form Spectrum Road?
I was touring in Europe with my band the Cuicoland Express a few years back with Vernon. I always try to get him in my bands whenever I can because he’s my favorite guitar player. We got to talking and that led to the Tony Williams Lifetime Tribute band and a series of gigs in Japan. Eventually it morphed into Spectrum Road, which is a band inspired by the music and spirit of Tony Williams. In my mind John Medeski is a modern day version of [original Lifetime keyboardist] Larry Young, and Cindy Blackman is a direct link to Tony Williams because she studied with him when she was little.”
-Published by Vinnie DeMasi, Guitar Player magazine