Torn between a love of traditional acoustic bebop, the algorithmic textures of techno, the high energy of fusion and the spirituality of worship, Henry is redefining the role of the electronic keyboard in jazz music. My musical conception came about as a solution to the problem of playing for audiences of different musical taste and coming up with something that I loved which the audience could appreciate as a fresh modern sound while still retaining the integrity of the tradition of what I believe that jazz is all about... Learning the rules first and then breaking them!
I needed to find a way to put more presence to the piano when playing with larger ensembles where the piano was expected to be the lead instrument. I also needed to find a way to be as expressive as possible with melody lines and also gain the ability to mix elements of different genres without changing instrumentation....
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