STEVE WINWOOD: Arc Of A Diver (Universal/Island)
We’re both from the Birmingham area and I played with him once when I was about 13.
He was in the Spencer Davis Group and I was in the King Bees.
When this came out, my admiration grew. The album is beautifully made up and he’s one of our great artists.
CREAM: Fresh Cream (Polydor)
I saw Cream about eight times, the first time when I was supporting them at a club in Birmingham, and became infatuated with them.
I was amazed by the amount of noise they could create with three people.
From that day, I thought I’d like to play in a trio, where there’s no hiding.
THE WHO: Live At Leeds (Polydor)
The Who were the first top 10 group I saw on stage, when I Can’t Explain was No 1. Live albums were frowned upon until this.
While it has rough edges, the excitement generated is so good.
THE DAVE BRUBE CK QUARTET: Time Out (Columbia/Legacy)
I come from a classical music background and this was my first jazz album, which my parents bought me.
It was a big eye-opener: tracks such as Blue Rondo À La Turk sounded superb.
It was the blueprint for jazz in the future. BUDDY RICH: Three Classic Albums Plus (Avid Jazz) I got to hear the album This One’s For Basie [on this set] via my American drum teacher when I was about 12.
I heard the track Jumpin’ At The Woodside and thought, “That’s the technique I want to learn” – different rhythmical patterns that could be stitched together in any order.
JOURNEY: Escape (Columbia/Legacy)
When I was in the band Asia, Journey had the same producer.
I toured with them this year and I was amazed at the amount of beautiful, melodic songs they’d got.
It brought it back: how great this album was. And they did sound like the record when they played live.