She often plays with the colors of instruments, instructing such instruments such as the piccolo to play "brassy." How does a piccolo play brassy?
Other entries that caught my eye: Ed Geyer on Coldplay's Yellow, Mr. Luxury Yacht on Monty Python's Decomposing Composers, Martin Buber on Nixon in China, Act 1 Scene 1 ("Wagner meets Philip Glass"), and Sanders on Steely Dan's Deacon Blues.
Deacon Blues gives me the chance to use this quote from Steely Dan in Metal Leg about saxophonist Pete Christlieb, who solos on the track:
He came about because we liked the saxophone player on the Tonight Show and we found out who it was, that's how exactly that happened. And we kept on hearing this one guy who was great, but never could figure out in the band who it was, so we called ... We had one player come down thinking it was him, and when it wasn't, we called the other one and it was Pete and he was great. And he played on other things, he played on "FM" as well. Pete's a free spirit, there's not much controlling Pete, which is exactly what we want. So you just run the music by him and he blows his brains out and it's great. He's just a great player. That is a very uninhibited session with Pete because he just wants to play, he just wants to hear it and he'll play it. And we like that spontaneity.
Christlieb raced dragsters (the Tonight Show paid well) and played with Warne Marsh on this album.