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It's a surprising revelation. Since the late 60s Anderson has led the prog rock behemoths Jethro Tull. As a musical genre prog is notorious for its complexity. It's full of shifting time signatures, exploratory sonic journeys and, lets face it, a high constitution for pomp. It also demands nothing less than technical musical virtuosity. As a band Jethro Tull is most famous for blending their hard rocking riffs with arrangements cribbed from classical music, a pastoral sort of Englishness, flashy jazz flourishes, high (and low) concepts and topping it all off with the unlikely sound of Anderson's dazzling flute prowess. "Well, it depends on the song," Anderson explains. "We have straight ahead rock songs and some simple acoustic fun things but some of the music is more disciplined and does require a lot of preparation."

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