27 July 2006

Music for flute, violin, guitars, drums and occasional accordion

Ian Anderson photo from the Official Jethro Tull Website

Last nite for 2 hours at Wolf Trap outside of Washington, DC, Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson played his flute, cracked jokes, and stood on one leg (well, not the whole time). It was, what I might call, good "musical entertainment". In addition to the usual guitars and drums, his backup players also included a young female violinist (the subject of most of Ian's jokes) and the small Wolf Trap Orchestra.

Among the classics we heard were Aqualung, Living in the Past, Thick as a Brick, Locomotive Breath and even an instrumental version of Led Zeppelin's Kashmire; the "real" classics included a jazzy medley of familiar Mozart tunes, Fauré's Pavane and, of course, Ian's well-known rendition of Bach's Bourée. In addition, there was the very recent Şefika's Tango, a piece Ian composed for the Turkish flute player Şefika Kutluer.

I'd prefer the recorded versions of most of the pieces to the somewhat muddled concert performances, but if you are a fan of Jethro Tull don't miss one of these ongoing Ian Anderson Orchestral Performances series.


Roger B. said...

Does he still own a Scottish island?


I have no idea.