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Darkness And Relief: Sean Lennon's 13 Favourite Albums
Patrick Clarke , July 19th, 2017 11:03

From Herbie Hancock's darkest depths to Brian Eno's anxiety-relieving light, Sean Lennon guides Patrick Clarke through thirteen records that changed his life

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Zakir Hussain - Magical Moments of Rhythm
This is a compilation of Zakir playing different concerts, and it blew my mind when I was 16. Its one of the albums I've listened to 1000 times. It's bizarre that that would be something I'd listen to so many times, because it's so sparse - there's only the tabla and occasionally one other instrument, but never more than two at any one time.

I once got to see him play with John McLaughlin, they really opened up my whole understanding of rhythm. I felt like my brain was getting bigger, it felt like I was learning about music. It's probably the most sophisticated rhythm I've heard from any country at any time, but it's not show-offy and designed to impress you technically. It has so much soul, it's such passionate music. Some people can't stand listening to it, but it's one of those albums that I could be in a terrible state but still happy to hear it. It relaxes me. That album really opened me up to listening to Ali Farka Touré, Indian classical musicians and so much more.

tQ: What do you make of your father's forays into Indian music with The Beatles?

Some of my favourite Beatles songs are the ones that are Indian influenced, like 'Blue Jay Way', the George Harrison stuff, although their tabla player was more British-Indian so he was more of a 'pop tabla' player. Zakir Hussein is the real deal. I've never read up on whether McLaughlin was interested in music by the Beatles…

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Jul 19, 2017 11:38am

Apparently Mati Klarwein based the horrific figure on the back cover of 'Live Evil' on J. Edgar Hoover. Facially, anyway!
Watch out for the typo, Patrick - Klimt, not Flint.
Some great choices from an artist I admire - thanks.

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Jul 19, 2017 11:51am

"there's only five of them, if you include the violin player". And theres only 3 Beatles if you don't include the drummer. Why wouldn't you include the violin player in Mahavishnu since he's completely integral to their sound? Otherwise, top choice with that one

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Jul 19, 2017 12:32pm

Great intro, about the collectiveness. About the comment of the violins. I was just kinda thinking that!

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Jul 19, 2017 2:25pm

Looks like Sean was trying a little too hard to appear 'cool'.

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Jul 19, 2017 2:46pm

In reply to Wurm:

Sean Lennon doesnt teu to actually cool.. there is no one more pretensioso than Snhr Jealousy.. Sean is.. Just being his Shiny self.. Peace and Gratitude for the contínuos tireless dedication to the processo Sean and Tribeca.. One Love

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Henny Ottamus
Jul 19, 2017 4:35pm

I see now there are so many genres of music out there some the public is not really even aware of. We all have a song in our hearts and a dream in our heads. I have chocolates and a t.v. and I know where the remote is. I promise to check out your music someday.

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Ewing Grahame
Jul 21, 2017 11:03am

Interesting choices, none of which would make my Top 50.

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Jul 28, 2017 7:21pm

In re. Airports: I was leaving a Talking Heads show in '84 and they played it on the way out. It was perfect-music for being in transit.

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Aug 3, 2017 11:35pm


burberry suit at the smash hits poll winners party

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cv writers
Nov 22, 2017 5:12pm

That's really awesome to know about this amazing musical sensation which has created a good place in every one's mind. Really looking for such album again.

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