Monday, July 9, 2012

Ian Anderson 1978

Ian Anderson, of Jethro Tull.   Perhaps the most overlooked acoustic guitarist in all of rock and roll.   Reading him in interviews, he always seems rather humble about his guitar playing.   I think I remember he called himself  'lazy' or perhaps even 'sloppy' - but some of his arpeggios, his hammer-ons/pull-offs, the way he can take a phrase and turn it into a breeze, and then that breeze becomes a hurricane.

His acoustic guitar tunes are as intricate as calculous, yet, they create a tapestry that you  feel like you can just pull off that castle wall and fly out across the moors toward snowpeaked mountains.

At least, that's how I see it.


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