He may play a doctor on TV, but the ''House'' star is a bluesman at heart; he recently released his debut album, ''Let Them Talk.'' We let him talk

By EW Staff
September 16, 2011 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Max Bruch, Violin Concerto in G Minor
”I offer this partly to make you think I have hidden depths, and partly because it is exquisite and forms the basis of a balanced diet. I listen to it often, lying on the floor. It is absurdly romantic.”

Keith Jarrett, The Köln Concert
”This has never been far from my ears since I first heard it. And yet on the night of the recording, he was tired, fed up, in pain, and the piano provided by the promoter was defective. But who knows? If he’d been fit, and the piano had been a peach, maybe this recording wouldn’t have transcended the way it still does, 30 years later.”

Dr. John
”Any album by him can start and finish my day. Dr. John Plays Mac Rebennack is about as lovely as a thing could be. I studied it for years and taught myself to play the whole thing, note for note. That sounds musically stalkerish, because it is. I make no apology.”

Jon Cleary
”A beast of a piano player and a beautiful singer, his band will funk it, if you have something that needs to be funked. Mo Hippa is a corker.”

Adrian Duke
”He’s in a similar mold to Cleary, but has a looser, friendlier style. Live in New Orleans is a blast. His singing is great but completely unintelligible, which is fine by me. Lyrics are better as musical sounds than bearers of meaning. Meaning is for novelists.”

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