“This album had the biggest influence on me as a child. Patrick Williams is a big-band arranger, and he did the music for The Street Of San Francisco and a lot of TV shows. They were very contemporary, modern big band recording with unusual sound groupings. He had a guy play tabla with a big band, for example.
“The drummer on this record was a guy named John Guerin, who was a very popular LA session player. He was married to Joni Mitchell, and I think he played on some of her albums. I was heavily influenced by my father, who was a trumpet player; he was really into big bands, and so this became one of my favorites. I was 11 years old, and he would play it all the time. I still get goose bumps hearing it now.
“It’s one of those records that turned out to be eternally modern. Forty some years later, it still sounds fresh in its concept and the way it was written, even if some of the sounds are bit old because they came from the 1970s.
“It was recorded in an unusual way in that the brass section was overdubbed after the drums, bass and piano. There’s two trumpet players, and they track all the parts; and a sax player, who also tracks the parts. It’s sound-on-sound, and the performances are very tight.
“John’s playing is magical. He’s on all of those Dirty Harry films, and sometimes he’s just using brushes for two or three minutes. He’s got a very unique style, and it’s one that's had a big impact on me.”