Mike Stern :
Guitarist-composer-bandleader apprenticed with Billy Cobham before joining Miles Davis’ band in 1980. Also played with Steps Ahead, Vital Information, the Brecker Bros.
I really dug tunes like “The Wind Cries Mary” from Are You Experienced?, which was the freshest-sounding album of its time, and “One Rainy Wish” from Axis: Bold as Love. Jimi’s playing on those tunes is so incredibly lyrical. It has that same singing quality that I dig in Jim Hall’s playing or in Wes Montgomery’s playing, but the thing about Hendrix was he had that sound, he would articulate that lyrical feeling with a fatter sound on his Strat than you could get with a regular hollow-bodied jazz guitar.
Jimi was definitely a legato player, and whether he intended to or not, he started a movement among guitar players with his long sustaining, legato lines. He sounded more like a horn player than anyone before him, and he influenced everybody that followed him. I’m after that same hornlike quality in my own playing whether I’m playing in a straightahead bag or in a more rock vein. When I was playing with Miles he was always saying things to me like, “Play some Hendrix! Turn it up or turn it off!” Miles loved Hendrix. Jimi and Charlie Christian were his favorite cats as far as guitarists are concerned.
Source : http://jazztimes.com/articles/20150-jimi-hendrix-modern-jazz-axis