Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

12. Herbie HancockCrossings

There’s at least 10 Herbie Hancock albums that would be in my top 100 of all time, I listen to a lot, but the thing I like about Crossings is how dark it is. The opening of the second song, ‘Quasar’… it’s one of the darkest moments in Jazz history, this horn line that sounds more like a dark planet in a sci fi movie. It’s so moody, it’s mysterious and sexy.

Me and my girlfriend like to listen to this record when we sit and maybe get down… we like to listen to really weird shit… I notice that if we’re at a party and we put on a song we’ll clear the floor. Those dark, mysterious melodies really turn us on. We get off on it, maybe it’s because we’re damaged. I get most excited about music when it’s dark and weird and sad, like I prefer Mozart’s Requiem to his symphonies because it’s so sad and devastating.

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