"Along with Rickie Lee and Suzanne Vega, Sting was another person Joni sniped at in an interview. His whole first solo album had a huge jazz influence and it took him many years to finally acknowledge Joni's mid 70s work was the main influence."
Did Sting actually admit this in an interview OR is this Mitchell stating this?
Ironically The Police were formed around the mid 70s, originally with members of British avant-garde rockers, GONG, so I doubt Sting was absorbing much of Mitchell's work at that time those LPs were released.
It seems Joni, who is extremely talented, spends way toooo much time worrying, and commenting, about who she's influenced and/or compared to in the pop music spectrum. Perhap's she needs to record with some of the people she always rags on?
She's lucky to have made a very decent living doing something she loves, others should be so luck. She needs to stop whining and enjoy her success and all that cash!
Re Sting's jazz influence, I was a huge Police and Sting fan, before Sting became a hypocritical jet setting asshole married to a crazy plastic surgery addicted harpy, who forgets she grew up in abject poverty in a dreary English suburb. I don't think Trudie even grew up with a toilet inside her home. I'm glad one of their cooks sued her. I digress...
Sting's first band was a Dixieland jazz band, this was when he was still up in Newcastle! He stated The Police were the first rock band he'd ever played in. He also claimed his vocal style was a combination of Cleo Laine and Bob Marley, just so you don't claim he was influenced by Joni vocally!
Sure, TONS of famous musicians cite Joni as an influence, not shock there, but please don't state Sting went back to HIS jazz roots because of Joni!
Sting was a jazz bassist BEFORE The Police, the band he played with was called Last Exit, and he was also a huge Jaco Pastorius fan. Sting also plays stand up bass.