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» "in The Shuffling Madness"..., ...of a much older audience!

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I don't attend too many concerts lately, having moved out to the country. Last night was an exception when we went into Austin to see Jethro Tull perform. The tour's title is, "Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson." It's so named because, except for Anderson, the rest of the band are not original members. Still, those band members were a perfect fit for the original music. It was a spectacular show!

This many decades of flute playing have raised Ian Anderson's skills on that instrument to a stellar level. I've seen him perform a number of times, and last night was the absolute best in terms of flute virtuosity. The standard old Tull tunes were performed with crisp phrasing and flawless timing. Anderson also showcased his mastery of classical flute playing in the performance of the piece, "Bourée". I think the song's composer, J. S. Bach, would have been proud. A song from the early 16th century, "Pastyme With Good Companye," was performed in an amazing rock arrangement. The song's composer was King Henry VIII, and it oddly enough, celebrates courtly life and the joys of family. blink.gif Somehow though, I think heads may have rolled if His Majesty were to hear the screaming hot guitar solo in the piece!

With age, Anderson's voice has become noticeably weaker and has less range. His new-ish vocal style has a bit of a "storyteller" feel to it. This works for Jethro Tull's music, as the songs have always been about intriguing tales and complex people (as opposed to love songs). This seems to be the case for many rock singers, with that genre apparently taking a toll on the vocal cords. That reduction in strength and range is also detectible in recent recordings I've heard of Roger Daltrey and Rod Stewart.

I think the last date of their U.S. tour is today, so if you're anywhere near Durant, Oklahoma, this is the show to see! When I first saw Jethro Tull in my twenties, the audience was pretty young. In attending last night's show, I noticed that they are beginning to draw a much older crowd now. laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif

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You have the advantage of being near Austin, and the strong music scene there. Most of the music in my area here, is still bluegrass, mostly by lesser known groups.

While Ian Anderson is an outstounding flautist, I am not that into vocals, so I much prefer other silver flute artists, myself, although I have a couple of his CD's.

Some of my favorites, include Tim Wheater, Nicholas Gunn, and Dean Evenson, among others. I don't expect to ever have a concert anywhere near me, of course. rolleyes.gif


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Thanks for the review Keith. I saw Tull a couple times but that was back in the 70's. If comes to Raleigh I might just check him out. cool.gif


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Good information Keith! I saw them in the early 80s. Their stage setup was a big viking ship. It was a great show. I will see if I can see them in Dallas. Thanks!

Mark



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