The title of this 2002 release might denote a mildly satirical inference to the band’s early 70’s outing titled, “Living In The Past.” Here, Ian Anderson and co. delves into the vast Tull songbook for these live performances, spanning 1989 thru 2001, whereas the bulk of the material might ring like a “best of” collection.
With the latest rendition of “Tull” – we find keyboardist Andrew Giddings effectively employing an assortment of synth-based textures for the series of works recorded at Britain’s “Hammersmith,” venue. Longtime “Tull” guitarist Martin Barre remains in the current lineup, while the listener will also have an opportunity to hear the original 1968 unit realigning for some blues-based pieces. And while Ian Anderson may no longer appear to be the longhaired court jester, his distinctive vocalizing and superb flute work remain intact. However, the driving force behind this effort resides within the musicians’ spirited renderings (amid a few cleverly articulated deviations) of such classics as “Aqualung,” and “Nothing Is Easy,” among others. The group also utilizes a strings section for the “Acoustic Session,” as all of these performances were captured on film for a scheduled DVD release. Hence, a vivid and inspiring portraiture of this time-honored progressive rock aggregation!
Track Listing: 1.Intro 2.My Sunday Feeling 3.Roots To Branches 4.Jack In The Green 5.The Habanero Reel 6.Sweet Dream 7.In The Grip Of Stronger Stuff 8.Aqualung 9.Locomotive Breath 10.Living In The Past 11.Protect & Serve 12.Nothing Is Easy 13.Wond
Personnel: Ian Anderson: flutes, vocals - Original Tull lineup (selected tracks) Strings section and current Tull lineup
I love jazz because I was born and raised here in America, and it is one of the most significant cultural contributions we have given to the world. It is an incredibly sophisticated artform that continues to challenge boundaries while delighting and engaging listeners of all different ages and backgrounds
I love jazz because I was born and raised here in America, and it is one of the most significant cultural contributions we have given to the world. It is an incredibly sophisticated artform that continues to challenge boundaries while delighting and engaging listeners of all different ages and backgrounds. I love how jazz can involve musicians who may have never met each other can coming together and making incredible music by referring to the Great American Songbook and musicians who have been playing together for years, who have a deep connection and who explore and create original music that is at the cutting edge of musical innovation in every sense. Performing jazz music requires a virtuosity and technique that only strict discipline can teach as well as a spontaneity and playfulness that reflects the simple folk roots of the music.
I was first exposed to jazz as a student in college. Only knowing I wanted to play guitar, I enrolled in an applied music program that focused on Jazz rhythm section playing. The subsequent journey that I have been on since the time that I enrolled in that class has helped me grow not only as a musician but more so as a person.