Major Influence is Graham Dechter's third release as a leader and reunites him with his "dream team" rhythm section of Tamir Hendelman on piano, John Clayton on bass and Jeff Hamilton on drums. Graham wrote and arranged all but one of the tunes, Pure Imagination which is thoughtfully rearranged by him and Jeff Hamilton. All the other tunes were composed as tribute to his major influences coming up as a young musician. They include Herb Ellis, George Coleman, Barney Kessel, Milt Jackson, Ray Brown and many others. The album is reflective of his journey through jazz from an early age with some of the most influential musicians to play the music.