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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


Miles Davis - Live Evil
I have three copies of Live Evil on vinyl because I play it so much. My favourite period of Miles Davis is from Bitches Brew to Big Fun, but in terms of the musicians on it, this is a compilation so you get almost every musician he played with in that period. Hermeto Pascoal is on it, and Airto Moreira – usually it's just one of those guys. John McLaughlin's on it, Billy Cobham my favourite drummer and Jack DeJohnette, my other favourite drummer. On the same song! Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock, Joe Dallin... you get all the greats of that period on one record. In terms of the Miles Davies free form jazz album, that's the one to get.

tQ: The artwork is staggering, too

Mati Klarwein is a fucking genius. I looked at his work outside of album covers and it's really amazing. He's like the psychedelic Gustav Klimt. The front of the Live Evil record has a beautiful pregnant women, but then the back has this horrible aristocratic looking woman, with a black hole between her legs with maggots crawling out of it. That's pretty… intense.