Ian Anderson's Jethro Tull is one of the few groups I never had the pleasure of seeing live. So today's version of an off centered Christmas classic will have to do. No one in rock, pop or any other genre of music has ever done what Ian Anderson does with the flute. His mastery of the instrument and his innovative interpretations of all music really have no equal. Some say Tull is an acquired taste. Their blend of British folk, blues, jazz and rock with a flute centered sound produced one of the truly great bands of the late sixties. Ian Anderson is alive and well today, touring and presenting his unique blend of rock, jazz, blues and insane "flauting". Many classically trained flutists roll their eyes at the mere mention of Tull's or Anderson's name, but, hey, I bet they can't vocalize and blow at the same time!
Today's Countdown No. 5 - Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull performing live and improvising like crazy - God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman.
And just for those that like their Christmas music at the very edge, today's bonus track is the one and only Tom Waits performing Silent Night. It has become one of my annual favorites and, if you listen to it several times, it will grow on you.
Happy Listening Nomads