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Jan Akkerman - LIVE - Montreux Jazz festival - 1978 CD (album) cover


Jan Akkerman


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.94 | 26 ratings

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4 stars This record proves that Jan had something to say about jazz-rock and even fusion. More than competent player but also showing empathy for music - showing when to play less but with a great feeling.

The album starts lightly but erupts into a furious fusion jam after 5 minutes of the second track - a complete difference from the studio version. "Pavane" lets listeners breath out and enjoy the jazzy chords slightly reminiscent of Mahavishnu Orchestra or Brand X.

Still, even here, the mesmerizing fingerprinting technique can be heard.

The version of "Crackers" is faster and more lively than on the studio album, the player's symbiosis is mindblowing,listen also to the passionate saxophone and fender rhodes solo.

The only Focus reference "Tommy" might be welcome but is disruptive a bit. The last track "Azimuth" is a pleasant and lighter than the previous pieces.

Overall, this is a great record showcasing Jan's live phenomenal abilities as a versatile guitar player.

sgtpepper | 4/5 |


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