“I think there’s a common thread, regardless of what the music sounds like. There’s a common thread in terms of dedication to the craft and commitment to taking an idea and working it until it is great.
"I think this band particularly is attached to that thread of great things. There’s not one note out of place - nothing is left to chance. It’s like a well-built machine, but it is all based on a spontaneous and explosive seed that gets planted and built into these finished structures that are just dazzling.
“The meticulous craftsmanship and devotion to taking something really good and making it something exceptional and unique - that is the common thread. In that way, that goes beyond individual musicianship. The songs become as exciting as the playing.
"That is definitely happening here. Everybody is as good as it gets as a player. Everybody is a fantastic player. That, combined with the songs being great and inspired and thoroughly composed and arranged, makes it great, and attached to everything else in the history of greatness.”