Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond

When Jeffrey Hammond (the repetition of his surname was an in-joke) assumed the bass chair following Glenn Cornick’s dismissal in late 1970, Jethro Tull transmuted from a jazz-rock small group into a progressive-rock powerhouse. The subject of a trio of seminal Tull tracks previous to his joining the band (“For Michael Collins, Jeffrey and Me," "A Song for Jeffrey" “Jeffrey Goes to Leicester Square”), Hammond negotiated Ian Anderson’s penchant for rapid key and meter shifts with rigid four-to-the-bar root notes and repetitive passages scripted for him by the composer. Jeffrey was a spirited showman who returned to his career as a fine artist after setting his stage attire aflame following his final gig in 1975.