Jethro Tull / Stand Up

The best performance of a Jethro Tull bassist on record? To my ears, it’s Stand Up (1969).

The then-quartet’s sophomore slab, encased in a fancy facsimile wood-carved pop-up photo gatefold was a showcase for founding member Glenn Cornick. 

The late bassist grooves inventively on every cut: embedding chords in “Jeffrey Goes to Leicester Square,” melodically riffing on the coda to “Back to the Family,” forging a walking/chordal solo on “Bouree,” and swingin’ akin to a jazz master on “Nothing Is Easy” and “We Used to Know.”  

 

And the 5/4 time-signature single cut just before those sessions which later emerged as the title track for the band’s first compilation, “Living in the Past” is founded on one of rock’s most memorable (and deceptively tricky) bass passages.