Q: Howcum so many of the selections on your year-end mixdiscs are first tracks — way out of proportion at least. What are you, lazy?
A: Hellno. The answer is that everyone who makes the cut is an ace performer, and aces know what’s a strong number and you lead with a strong number — first impression, best impression. One quality that sinks things down my lists is burying to best tracks — according to me, a sign you can’t hear you own work clearly enough.