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“I didn’t know anything about this guy Jackson Browne. When I got called to do the session, my assumption was that he was going to be black. I was doing a lot of sessions for black artists, and just by his name, that’s what I figured. I walked in and it was like, ‘Wow, this is a surprise!’
“He pulled out his guitar and started playing Doctor My Eyes, and I just thought, Oh man, this guy’s great! This was his first album, but already his songs were so exquisite. I loved the way he played and sang.
“We did it at Crystal Studios, and it was kind of the Section guys – Russ Kunkel, Craig Doerge, Danny Kortchmar and myself. I remember when we cut Doctor My Eyes, Russ did that originally with congas on the basic track and overdubbed drums.
“Jessie Ed Davis then showed up and did the guitar solo. It was basically him taking his guitar out of the case, listening to the track and noodling around to get an idea. When he was done, Jackson said, ‘Yes! That’s great.’ Jessie was so insanely good that his noodling was better than most guy’s soloing.”