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Wednesday, 28 February, 2001, 19:37 GMT
Jazz legend joins Radiohead
Radiohead: New album released in the UK on 4 June
Veteran jazz star Humphrey Lyttleton joined rock band Radiohead for a seven-hour session during the recording of their new album, Amnesiac.

The legendary trumpeter, 79, went into the studio with the band after they wrote to him asking for help as they were "a bit stuck".

People had said to me they were all crazy, but in fact we had a good time

Humphrey Lyttleton
Lyttleton, who presents BBC Radio 2's Best Of Jazz and Radio 4's I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, said that the session, for experimental track Living In A Glass House, left him exhausted.

"When we finally got a take that sounded good to me, they said: 'Good, we'll go and have some food, then we'll come back and do some more'," he told Q magazine. "I said: 'not me'. It was a very heavy day."

'An awful cheek'

Jazz musician Humphrey Lyttleton
Lyttleton: Exhausting session
Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood had written to Lyttleton saying: "It's probably an awful cheek and we're sure you're very busy, but we're a bit stuck."

Lyttleton then borrowed a copy of their third album, OK Computer, and assembled a group of five musicians to go into the studio with the band.

"People had said to me they were all crazy," he said. "But in fact we had a good time."

Amnesiac tracklisting
Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box
Pyramid Song
Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors
You and Whose Army?
I Might Be Wrong
Knives Out
Amnesiac/Morning Bell
Dollars & Cents
Hunting Bears
Like Spinning Plates
Life In A Glasshouse
"[They] went through a few nervous breakdowns during the course of it all, just through trying to explain to us all what they wanted."

The band have also released the tracklisting for Amnesiac, which will be their fifth album and is due for release in the UK on 4 June.

They have promised that it will be more accessible than their fourth, Kid A, which saw them move in a more unconventional, electronic direction.

But the album was still a hit in Britain and America, and won a Grammy for best alternative album.

BBC News Online readers voted Radiohead as their favourite British band of the last 12 months - but they did not pick up any Brits at the 2001 awards.

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