“I was living in Hampstead. I was 11, and a guy next door named Bob decided to save my soul from skiffle and early rock ‘n’ roll. He had an amazing jazz collection across the board, not just trad jazz.
“Beauty And The Beat stood out. That live feel – it took the little kid in me to Chicago, where it was recorded; it gave me wings. Bob also introduced me to Ahmed Jamal, Gerry Mulligan, Bob Brookmeyer and Miles Davis. Those album covers were great – wonderful introductions to great suits, roll-collar shirts, Slim Jim wool ties. And the attitude!
“The second record I remember most out of Bob's effort to save me was a 10-inch album by the Hi-Lo's. Maybe Brian Wilson heard the same record.
"Lou Adler told me a few years ago, when we were picking music for a soundtrack, that the recorded piano style of George Shearing influenced him when recording Carole King.”