On the Pathways debut CD: "I am inspired by the ensembles led by some of my favorite bass players as well as the ensembles led in particular by Dizzy Gillespie, Cannonball Adderley, Herbie Hancock, and Tony Williams. My concept was to put together an ensemble deeply rooted in the blues yet can go in any number of musical directions as these musical forefathers have done to a legendary degree.
Directing the Pathways band is one of the greatest experiences of my life. This group routinely exceeds my expectations as each individual is a great musician, composer, person, educator, and bandleader in their own right. This music marks our first official release as a band. My intention is to create music of the highest artistic quality that is exciting, emotionally engaging, fun, and prompts repeated listenings. I believe we achieve that here." - Paul Beaudry, 2010