To work with Allan was a dream of mine. The first time I saw him play was in New York, with the New Tony Williams Lifetime. Fatefully, I ended up a short time later in a band that opened for the New Tony Williams Lifetime, and met keyboardist Alan Pasqua, which led to meeting and later working with Allan.
He was unworldly and magical. He possessed a one-of-a-kind voice as a composer and musician. He was a musician’s musician. He was a visionary who was also unselfish, painfully humble and deeply soulful. He was an inventor with a distinctive, iconic and extraordinarily interesting, complex personality.