Ah right, my friend had a nice tenor sax with the brass kinda unfinished/unpolished, it sounded sexy as hell. I dig the timbre of that bari too though. Who are the other 2 top influences? Ellington or Mingus?
Of bassists, it's probably a tie between Ray Brown and Paul Chambers. In terms of composition, the Contemporary Noise Sextet is superb. Their album Pig Inside the Gentleman is so beautiful the whole way through.