Fantasy Band: Graham Coxon, Blur

'Mitch Mitchell wasn't the most accurate drummer ever, but he had that swing...'

Gillian Orr
Monday 09 July 2012 11:35
Graham Coxon
Graham Coxon

Piano: Thelonious Monk

I've just been listening to a lot of Thelonious Monk's stuff. He had a really incredible harmonic attitude. I like him because he's quite jarring rhythmically, and that's what I was always trying to do in Blur: go against grooves. He played with John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.

Drums: Mitch Mitchell

Jimi Hendrix's drummer had that swing that would keep Monk happy but he also has a rock kick drum. I always really liked Mitchell; I don't think he was the most accurate drummer ever but for me he was one of the last drummers in the Sixties who was realising the swing aspect of drumming before it became mega-four arms like John Bonham. I always think it's a shame that drumming lost its swing in rock and pop.

Guitar: Jimi Hendrix

He's probably a really common choice but I'd like Hendrix without any fuzz pedals. He would do a more stripped down sound and try and get a bit more technically expressive... he understands blues and swing.

Bass: Alex James

I think it would be interesting to shove Alex James up there. It would be amazing for Alex; I think he would really fill his pants. Alex is kind of under-rated. He does interesting things and really tries to explore different notes. He doesn't do classic root note bass playing, he's slightly more groovy.

Singer: Katherine Jenkins

We'd get her out of her dress and make-up and into something a bit more casual, like jeans and T-shirt. I wouldn't want her to feel she has to be technically amazing but she should try her voice out in different ways. I probably send her a load of Billie Holiday or Ella Fitzgerald.

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