Influence, people think about it as someone you like but influence is also what you're revolted by. In fact, often it's what you're running away from.
I claimed identity as Jewish musicians for political reasons, because most of us were touring in Germany and, at this time, twelve years ago, there was a strong resurgence of Nazism in the places we were touring and part of that was on the music scene.
Jazz is a music of great achievements but speed and chops serve a different function in jazz.
Modern instruments were designed to throw sound all in one direction.