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Ben Sidran at 79: "Simplicity will get you in the end"

Nathan Cox Studios

For the fourth year in a row, musician/producer/journalist/philosopher Ben Sidran talks to The Third Story in honor of his birthday.

This time he’s turning 79, and he considers the sociological implications of mowing the lawn; Donald Fagen’s solo recordings; the general significance of the 1960s in popular culture today; Pharoah Sanders' 1965 album Pharoah’s First (ESP); interviews he conducted in the 1980s with Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins; the myth of Sisyphus; his most recent album Swing State; and his idea that "simplicity will get you in the end."

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Leo Sidran is a Latin Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and composer. Since 2014 he has hosted an influential podcast called The Third Story, featuring interviews with musicians, producers, songwriters and creators of all kinds.