Eric was the horn player in the Empire Brass when I attended the Empire Brass Seminar at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in 1990 and 1991. I learned the most those summers from attending the Empire open rehearsals. It really was an incredible thing for a 14 year old to get to experience. Even at that young of an age, I was immediately struck by Eric's phrasing. He played phrases that were a mile long and his playing always sounded so elegant. This recording of the Romance by Saint-Saens is a great example of his gorgeous, flowing musical lines.
We can all learn a lot from anyone on any instrument who phrases like this.