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Dudley Moore

Dudley Moore talks about the pressures of working with a large band

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Dudley Moore discusses improvisation versus written music

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Dudley Moore discusses his various artistic aptitudes

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[Talking about the worry of making a mistake while recording with a large band]

Q: “…there are sixteen other men who have to redo it because you made a mistake…”

A: “Yeah, I remember infuriating Johnny on one of the recording sessions. We were having a bad time with one tune for some reason or another and I played a wrong chord somewhere. And in the middle of this take, I mean, it was going quite well, I said, "John, I played the wrong chord." I completely ruined the take and he got furious because, of course, they could have taken it out or just tipped the piano track down or whatever, you know. But I was very naive about that sort of thing in those days.”