I think it's an outtake from the German TV thing from the period of the Walk Into Light Album. Ian and Martin and (I think) Peter Vitesse did a set, and then Ian came back for the encour t 'jam' with Fela Kuti's band. I seem to remember Ian having some fairly harsh words to say in an interview somewhere about this bit of the show, saying that there are musicians whose craft he respected and others who were eseentially 'faking it', and suggesting that Fela Kuti was in the latter group. So he just hung about a bit in the wings and gave a bit of tootling as and when, rather than joining in enthusiastically.
Hope that's of some help in offering a ball-park identification. Others will no doubt fill in the details and correct any errors. Thanks for the chance to see it again!
Yeah Fela Kuti was about as legendary as they get in world music circles, I have a couple live things, one from a Glastonbury I think, that a Deadhead buddy has sent through the years. Believe he has passed in the last two years, Fela Kuti, that is, I forget. I liked what I heard but not to the extent that I would be hunting down much else. I tend to like most of my African influences filtered through the lens of jazz music, specifically the Art Ensemble of Chicago, and other aggregations from the 43 year old Chicago/international improvisational music collective known as the AACM, Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicianship, of which the Art Ensemble, along with maybe Muhal Richard Abrams, Henry Threadgill and Anthony Braxton are amongst their more visible practitioners. A very sweet man Olatunge was a master of percussion who would occasionally cross paths with the Grateful Dead and specifically their ethno musicologist drummer Mickey Hart. Being doubtlessly the cradle of civilization, Africa, I am sure there is more than several lifetimes of credible, indeed transitory life changing music offered from this astounding continent, but I grew up under the Beatle flag which around 70 began to take on a very Tullish hue.
Last Edit: Jul 16, 2008 19:19:24 GMT by tullistray
Hi. I had seen this over the years on Youtube, along eith Tull doing Ian's "Fly By Night" and "Made In England". Fela Tuti and his musicians are very highly thought of in world music. In fact, at about this time (1983) JACK BRUCE, wo is on piano here, got very involved w/ Kip Hanrahan and his Afro/Cuban musicians and has made albums w/ them including his most recent ones
In addition, since these musicians were basically improvising, Ian got frustrated and just stopped and went to the back, as u can see. He even started doing his "flute as penis" thing. Huh?! For all his musical greatness, IA is control-freak type of of guy, as we all know (NOT a criticism, just how it is). Anyone who has seen multiple Tull shows on the same tours over the years knows this. So, he finds it frustrating to just be part of something that he didn't plan and well rehearse beforehand, imo. Jack Bruce, on the other hand, had a hugh background in improrving/ jamming (remember a group called "Cream"? and their live perfs?). Not to mention his early and later jazz rock/fusion forays. Be it on bass OR keyboards.
So it was seen by very few people then if it was on BSB. Didn't they peddle the square satellite dishes which adorned domestic buildings and as now BSB is no more probably sell for a few bob* on ebay? (the dishes that is and not the buildings!).
* English euphamism for a shilling (pre decimal) which now is worth 5 pence. I blame Edward Heath.
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I was gonna guess a Polish or Czeck town square ad for an impending gig but then saw the Spanish or Portugese writing....cool pic....good idea for a new product..a comfortable place for Tull fans to sleep while awaiting the new album?
Is that Ian, bewigged, getting paid by the hour, between gigs? He's always talking about making the most of his remaining productive travelling years as an excuse for no studio albums....maybe he's standing around Tokyo while he can...
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