My observation is that he "channels" (I'll be generous and only modify the term to "borrows freely and heavily from") Hendrix every time I've seen him play. I would definately say that he is "carrying on in the tradition of...". While not my thing (yep, too old), I do appreciate various aspects of his career (there way no way to deny the ferocious groove intensity of the Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis days!!), and happy to see a "R&B/Soul" act getting across with gtr out front. Glad for you kiddies who were late for Hendrix to get to have this semi-acceptable substitute.
Isn't he doing three nights in a row on Leno?