Being heavily influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, the Rolling Stones, the Steve Gibbons Band, Steely Dan, the Average White Band and Steve Hillage, helped Roger visualize a direction he wanted to go in. But it wasn’t until hearing the 1977 Weather Report album “Heavy Weather” in 1978 that Roger was “blinded by the light” as he puts it. Roger was already listening to Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, etc. and lots of gospel music. “But Heavy Weather was just what I needed to hear.”
As a self-taught musician Roger began to listen to and study everything from Bix Beiderbecke to Roland Kirk, Eric Dolphy to Cecil Taylor, rock, pop, country – anything that would give him the opportunity to perform expressively.
Over the years he has spent most of his time touring, gigging, recording or working on projects with other creative people, including sculptors, actors and visual and musical artists. “It’s all about the spirit and the vibe” he says when describing his reasons for being involved in projects.