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- A clipping from Prince's show at Market Square Arena
But all was forgotten when the band kicked in. On this tour Prince was performing with an all-star band that included R&B queen Chaka Khan, hip-hop pioneer Doug E. Fresh and the bass legend Larry Graham of Sly & The Family Stone and Graham Central Station. I remember the concert opening with a huge medley of hits from one of my biggest musical heroes Sly Stone.
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One of the elements of Prince's work I admired most was his ability to synthesize influences like Sly Stone into a wholly original musical persona. You could see bits of Sly Stone, Hendrix and James Brown in Prince's work — but it never felt like he was copping their style. Another aspect of Prince's work I always admired was his integration of women musicians into his projects. I totally respected Prince's complete openness to music, and his refusal to limit himself to form or genre. When Prince started doing gigs a few years ago with one of my favorite contemporary Latin bands Grupo Fantasma, I wasn't even surprised. More than any other recent pop artist I can think of Prince obliterated musical boundaries.
Prince's music has been in my life forever, it's such a shock to hear this news today. I always felt Prince was the single most talented musician on Earth. He was a first rate composer, performer, singer and instrumentalist. It's uncanny how much talent and genius he possessed.