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Jan Akkerman


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.38 | 7 ratings

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3 stars The man can play

This live DVD features two post-2000 gigs, one filmed on 9/11 according to Akkerman. They are a mixture of blues jam and jazz fusion instrumental performed by a mostly very impressive 4-piece band. The drummer especially had some really nice moments, the bass player was probably a bit tentative for my taste. Of course Jan is the show and he plays beautifully throughout. There is a nice contrast in mood and pace which kept it quite interesting. The camera work was much better on the first show as there were plenty of fretboard shots which are so interesting for guitarists to see. There is a quality bonus interview where the interviewer actually asks good questions, grilling Akkerman about composition and technique, as opposed to simply about mundane rock star issues. Another nice bonus was the inclusion of Jan playing the lute, close up and casual. The reason I can only go three stars personally is that this is the kind of music I *appreciate* more than I love. It gives me that wow factor marveling at the technical proficiency more than it impresses me as an overall satisfying performance. Shredders and guitar lovers will very much appreciate this. For me it's something to enjoy occasionally with my fellow guitar junkies. If you've ever seen the Tolonen/Apetrea "Jazz Legends" dvd, that should give you an idea of what to expect, although here it is much more rocking with a full band as opposed to strictly acoustic.

Finnforest | 3/5 |


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