In 2000, Om Records asked Howard to curate the second volume in its San Francisco Sessions series, and ironically, the mix he turned in feels a lot more like Chicago than it does SF. Maybe it's because Howard draws his influence from Chi-town greats like Derrick Carter and Gene Farris, or maybe he was just trying to keep critics from pigeonholing him. Either way, Howard's Sessions bumps and funks with the best of them. The tribal accents conjure images of a Bay Area full-moon gathering, but the bulk of the mix flaunts deep, Chicago bass lines, post-disco glitz, and occasional Latin flourishes. We'll have no complaints if Howard brings a similar sound to Cleveland.