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Jakko M. Jakszyk


Canterbury Scene

3.65 | 44 ratings

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I first became aware of multi-instrumentalist Jakko M. Jakszyk through his involvement with ex-King Crimson members in the brilliant 21st Century Schizoid Band in which Jakko was the lead vocalist and guitarist. Some of his mates from that band in Ian MacDonald, Mel Collins, and Ian Wallace are also participating in this solo album as well as Robert Fripp. One of the songs featured on this album, the very nice instrumental Catley's Ashes, was previously performed with the 21st Century Schizoid Band as can be heard on their fantastic live album Pictures Of A City - Live In New York.

The Bruised Romantic Glee Club is an eclectic set of songs and instrumentals of generally good quality. The sounds are occasionally jazzy, occasionally folky. The presence of Dave Stewart from Hatfield & The North and Soft Machine bassist Hugh Hopper might explain why this has ended up under Canterbury Scene even though the music it is not generally in that style. Trying to find relevant comparisons, Colin Bass' An Outcast Of The Islands album and Hogarth-era Marillion came to my mind. Jakko is a good singer and writer as well as a great guitar player. Occasionally his guitar sound reminds me of that of Allan Holdsworth. The mellow, jazzy The Things We Throw Away reminded me of the style of Steve Morse.

The main album feature Jakszyk originals while the bonus disc features various cover versions including two King Crimson songs. Pictures Of An Indian City is Crimson's Pictures Of A City done with strong influences of traditional Indian music and it is thus very different from the original. The other King Crimson number is Islands which is very nicely adapted by Jakko. I wasn't previously familiar with the other songs being covered here, but they are generally good songs. I enjoyed this album.

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