A record producer had a great “crossover” idea years ago: to pair up twinkling Irish classical flutist James Galway and Scottish rocker Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull fame and cut an album together. The problem was that while it took ten minutes for Galway to figure out how to “sound” like Anderson with his sputtering and unorthodox fingerings, no amount of practice could get Anderson to play “correctly” and sound like Galway and so the project was abandoned. It was a lesson that forced Anderson to really learn the instrument that used to largely function as a horizontal prop at Tull concerts to contrast with Anderson’s trademark vertical one-legged stance. The guy can actually play, as this concert performance with a pickup orchestra in a nightclub setting called “Ian Anderson Plays the Orchestral Music of Jethro Tull” will show, which only goes to prove that if you stick with something long enough, you’ll get it right. (Dennis Polkow)
October 13 at Park West.