“If I couldn’t have picked Citizen Dan, I would have picked Katy Lied. Larry Carlton’s concepts and his actual literal playing changed the way I approach the guitar – I use that stuff all the time. Anytime I improvise, there’s Carlton in there.
“Steely Dan also used guys like Elliot Randall and Rick Derringer, whose parts were appropriate to the songs, but they sounded spontaneous and didn’t feel overly tweaked. It’s like the Duke Ellington thing of writing the song for the soloist.
“If there’s one album that I feel sums up the last quarter century of the last century for guitar, it’s this box set. Rick Derringer, Elliot Randall, Denny Dias, Larry Carlton, Skunk Baxter, Walter Becker – the cast goes on, and they’re all amazing.”