He played with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers in the early 1980s and in Tony Williams's quintet in the mid-1980s to early 1990s. He also has released numerous CDs for which he is the band leader.
- Give and Take (Sunnyside, 1988)
- Equilateral (Sunnyside, 1989)
- One for Chuck (Sunnyside, 1991)
- Rolling Monk (Bellaphon, 1993)
- Rio (Ballads and Bossa Novas) (Sunnyside, 1995)
- Complete William the Conqueror Sessions (Sunnyside, 1995)
- Burnin' - with Javon Jackson (Criss Cross Jazz, 1997)
- Live at Montreux and Northsea (Timeless, 1980)
- Art Blakey in Sweden (Amigo, 1981)
- Album of the Year (Timeless, 1981)
- Straight Ahead (Concord Jazz, 1981)
- Keystone 3 (Concord Jazz, 1982)
- Oh-By the Way (Timeless, 1982)
With Geoff Keezer
- Waiting In The Wings (Sunnyside, 1989)
With Kevin Eubanks
- Zen Food (Mack Avenue 2010)
- The Messenger (Mack Avenue 2013)
- East West Time Line (Mack Avenue, 2017)
With Makoto Ozone
- After (Columbia 1986)
With Tony Williams
- Civilization (Blue Note, 1987)
- Angel Street (Blue Note, 1988)
- Native Heart (Blue Note, 1990)
- The Story of Neptune (Blue Note, 1992)
- Tokyo Live (Blue Note, 1992)
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