Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

6. Miles DavisKind Of Blue

It’s sort of like the Sgt. Pepper’s… of the day when it came out. I think it’s the biggest-selling jazz album of all time, I could be wrong, but if it’s not it should be because you’ve got such incredible players on it. When you list those players it’s like a who’s who of each instrument. I’m a huge fan of all of these people in their own right, but to get them all on an album together with Miles… for those who weren’t listening to Frank Sinatra to smooch with their dates at the time, this would be the record to do it to. The talent on this album is so incredible, they fit together so well, but the mood created is not something… it’s soothing, it’s not going to wake you up, it’s just going to put you in a great mood. I’ll play this at least once a week, just on in the background, and I catch myself putting down whatever I’m doing on my computer and just sitting down turning around and listening to it. It’s just one of those albums that really moves me and there’s no guitar on it! But I’ve also listened to sax and trumpet and piano and bass for the melodies, the notes and licks that they play. You don’t have to just steal from guitar players, you can steal from anybody. There’s a lot to steal from on this record!

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