Playing devil’s advocate, some might suggest the music you played early on was highly technical, whereas, for someone of your skill, playing with Eric Clapton and James Taylor is falling off a log?
"Yeah, but it isn’t. Musically it’s very challenging. Every situation has its different challenges. There’s all kinds of ways to make music. You can use notes, but you can also use silence. and that is just as important a part of music as what you play. It’s just as challenging to be able to use space and still be able to keep the thing feeling good."
Is that something you learn by doing lots of sessions, hearing yourself recorded every day?
"You get a chance to hear things back. It’s a good way to learn. When you hear something you thought sounded good but then you hear it back and you say maybe that was a little too busy for the record."