Post-bop jazz artist whose rhythmic stylings had been first observed by audiences following he began dealing with jazz artist Abbey Lincoln. He was presented with the 2000 Greatest New Jazz Designer Honor by Billboard and Wager. He was greatly affected by Randy Weston and McCoy Tyner. His family members elevated him in Washington, D.C., where he was subjected to the go-go music picture. He collaborated numerous notable musicians, like the great Dizzy Gillespie.