Hey all - this summer I have been posting the first album that started it all from the artists on Death Defying Records. John, Earl and now Jim weigh in on what turns out to be a pretty serious decision. If you enjoy reading these - comment on the first album that inspired you - The Album that started it all: this is a tough one, I have been thinking about this ever since you asked the question and a lot of early records come to mind such as Phil Woods/Ritchie Cole side by side, Grover Washington Jr Wine light, Tom Scott Apple Juice and Spyro Gyra morning dance.
These albums definitely peaked my interest in jazz music (I really just enjoyed the music) but I'd have to say I never really imagined becoming a musician or even thought of repeating what I heard on records until I heard John Abercrombies Night (1984) featuring Jan Hammer, Jack DeJohnette and Michael Brecker. I really fell for the track Ethereggae-Breckers solo is pretty simple but has a great singing quality. This album led me to a bunch of other fantastic records like the Brecker Brothers straphangin' and heavy metal be-bop which led me to more and more great music.