Jesse Duran, Will Cruz, Jorge Lebron
Anibal Ambert, Ray Diaz
These guys and many others are the ones who taught me howto play salsa. As odd as it seems, my composition would not be what it is today if not for the many years I spent gigging with you guys. The clave is in almost every composition I write. Sometimes it is hidden deep. Other times the clave is the main feature of the composition. The Lotus Eater is a composition that not only uses the clave but also the cow bell rhythm. A Day in Galveston is one of those that is more obviously based on the clave.
And besides just the musical influence, you are all wonderful people who have showed me so much more than just the music side of what we do. So thank you for the education, the experience and the friendships.