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 was first exposed to jazz when I was tiny. My earliest memory is watching Ella Fitzgerald scat on a Christmas special when I was no older than four. Like many who are from tiny towns, my first extended exposure was listening to the high school jazz band when I was a kid
I was first exposed to jazz when I was tiny. My earliest memory is watching Ella Fitzgerald scat on a Christmas special when I was no older than four. Like many who are from tiny towns, my first extended exposure was listening to the high school jazz band when I was a kid. For some reason I remember an arrangement of Hey Jude they did. My first real exposure was Stan Kenton in the Smithville, MO high school gym. Kenton and the band director there were old friends, so he would play there from time to time. My dad took me without telling me where we were going and it was the only show he ever took me to. I remember that Bobby Shew played Send In Clowns and I damn near levitated I was so excited. The huge sound and amazing chords floored me. I believe I was 13 at the time. I immediately started practicing and taking lessons. Music became a passion and nearly a career. I also listened to Dick Wright's Jazz Show on KANU every night. I can't even start to explain what I learned lying in bed listening to Dick talk about jazz. I met him once when I was struggling to put together a solo for Joy Spring playing in a combo at KU. Stopped by his office and asked for recommendations. He showed up at my jazz ensemble rehearsal the next day with a tape with example solos. What a kind man Dick Wright was.
My advice to new listeners is to stop worrying about what music is important and focus on music you like. I spent quite a bit of my music life listening to important music I didn't necessarily like. Must say I have quite a bit more fun now listening to music that I deeply enjoy. Some of it is even important.
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