Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

1. Gil EvansThe Individualism Of Gil Evans

This record is so bonkers, partly through the grandiosity which he achieves through the orchestra. I read that he was allowed a lot of freedom in the number of people he was going to work with, as well as rehearsal time. Having worked with an orchestra once myself, and having very little experience, I realised how important that is – to have valuable time with people that you collaborate with. I think that’s reflected in this record. I put my stereo on, it’s loud, I listen from beginning to end, and I’m just mesmerised by it. There is a very out of tune trumpet in the mix, and once you identify it you cannot forget about it. But then that kind of adds to the experience. It’s immense, it’s wonderful, and I never get tired of it.

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