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Monday, 16 September, 2002, 15:31 GMT 16:31 UK
My Music: Guy Barker
Guy Barker
Barker's new album pays tribute to Film Noir
Mercury Prize nominee Guy Barker has been heard by many people who would not normally listen to his sophisticated brand of jazz.

The trumpeter has guested on records by Sting, George Michael and Carmel as well as featuring in the bands of jazz greats like Gil Evans, Clark Terry and Quincy Jones.

He also arranged music for Anthony Minghella's film The Talented Mister Ripley - in which he also duetted with Matt Damon.

Now his latest album, Soundtrack, is up for the Mercury music award.

What was the most recent album you bought?

Mingus Big Band, Tonight At Noon.

Where do you most like listening to music - and why?

Anywhere and everywhere, but you can't beat sitting in a concert hall or club and hearing it live.

What songs do you sing in the bath?

I mostly take showers and very rarely sing in them, although I have occasionally hummed something there that has become the beginning idea for a new tune

What song always makes you cry?

Any song from the Sinatra albums Only The Lonely or In The Wee Small Hours, or Nancy Wilson's album Lush Life - or Symphony 4 by Arthur Honneger, Clifford Brown with strings etc.

In fact it doesn't take much to get me going.

What was the first record you ever bought?

With my own pocket money as a child it was either Holst's The Planets suite, or The Beatles A Hard Days Night.

I think my first single may have been I'm Popeye The Sailor Man...

Which is your favourite song - and your least favourite song?

Favourites - there are too many.

My least favourite? My first professional gig was playing in a dance band at a Pontins holiday camp at age 17. We played Tie A Yellow Ribbon every night. I'd had enough of that by about the second bar, so I guess I'll choose that song.

Which song by another artist do you wish you had written?

For musical reasons, Lush Life by Billy Strayhorn, but for financial reasons, My Way.

Do you prefer CDs or vinyl?

Guy Barker
Barker contemplates Tie A Yellow Ribbon
I like them both, but CDs are all I seem to buy and listen to these days. However I do miss those big LP covers.

Roughly how many records are there in your collection?

Probably about 2000 vinyl and 2000 CDs.

How long do you spend browsing in record shops?

Not as much as I used to, but whenever I'm on tour and have some free time in a town the record store is nearly always at the top of my list of places to visit.

Which artists do you currently most admire?

There are so many but lately I have been listening a lot to the trumpet player and composer Dave Douglas. He really is an amazing musician.

Which music websites do you visit regularly?

I always check out Dave Monette's site. He's the guy who makes my trumpets and he's always coming up with something new.

Apart from that there is Global Music Network and for real trumpet train spotters, there's

If you organised your dream music festival, who would have as headline and supporting acts?

It would feature all my favourite musicians from around the world. Everyone would get to headline, and it would probably last 6 months.

There isn't enough room here to list everyone - but needless to say it would be well worth a visit.

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