1) I wrote Jazz Harp, a very influential book that helped a lot of harp players on their paths to careers in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, London, and many other places.
2) I created a unique body of solo harmonica compositions and arrangements with my CDs The Act of Being Free in One Act and The Second Act of Free Being, which were the first commercial recordings I know of that were devoted entirely to solo harmonica. The Act of Being Free in One Act was cited as an influence by George Winston, the well-known pianist and composer who happens also to be a fine harmonica player, in his concert programs for years. Among other things, my work here and elsewhere helped to promote the use of alternate tunings for diatonic harmonica, which opened up new worlds of technical and emotional possibilities for players and composers. In 1999 only a few diatonic harmonica players used anything but standard Richter tuning; now just about every pro player is using simple Richter variations like the natural minor tuning, and some players have gone way beyond that.
3) I’ve pioneered the use of amp modeling technology to offer harp players powerful, inexpensive high-tech gear that adds dozens of exciting new sounds to their stage and studio setups. You can hear the results of that work on the CDs shown below, and read more about our setups for amplified harp players here.
the 21st century blues harmonica manifesto in sound
the rock harmonica masterpiece
the solo acoustic harmonica masterpiece