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John HACKETT - A British flute player born 13 March 1955, the younger brother of Genesis guitarist Steve HACKETT. He also plays guitar, bass, bass pedals and keyboards. He started performing and recording with his brother, and making guest contributions to albums such as Anthony PHILLIPS' "The Geese And The Ghost". On the classical side, he played with The English Flute Quartet and the Westminster Camerata. Since 2004, John focused on releasing solo albums. In 2005, Checking Out of London was a neo-progressive album co-produced with Nick Magnus, and with the lyrical contribution of Nick Clabburn. This was followed by a sophomore effort in the same style, Another Life (2015), with the aforementioned collaborators, and his brother Steve contributing guitar. Supporting the release of Another Life, a band was formed with John (guitars, keys, vocals), Nick Fletcher (lead guitar), Duncan Parsons (drums, percussion, vocals) and Jeremy Richardson (bass, guitars, vocals). They started to perform as the John Hackett Band in 2016, being their live debut album We Are Not Alone released in 2017, followed by their first studio effort Beyond The Stars (2019), credited now to both John hackett and Nick Fletcher.

Nick FLETCHER - An English guitarist born in Sheffield, 1960. He started to play at the age of 12, and by 1976, inspired by Steve Hackett, Jan Akkerman and Steve Howe, Nick moved to the classical guitar and, impressed by the legendary Andres Segovia, he get serious about the instrument, so he studied for three years with David Taplin at Huddersfield School Of Music, where also became interested in jazz masters, such as Ralph Towner and Bill Connors, and started to write music. By 1980, Nick met Dave Bainbridge (Strawbs, Iona) and they put together the band Plan B. They also played together in a jazz fusion band called Staircase. Later he formed another fusion band called Trivial Pursuit. By the 1990s, the classical guitar was again the main musical focus for Nick. By 2016, however, he was back to prog-rock and fusion quarters with the John Hackett Band.

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Hills of Andalucia - For Guitar and Flute
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 Nick Fletcher: Quadrivium by HACKETT & NICK FLETCHER, JOHN album cover Studio Album, 2023
3.87 | 4 ratings

Nick Fletcher: Quadrivium
John Hackett & Nick Fletcher Crossover Prog

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars An unheralded master jazz-rock guitarist from the United Kingdom, who has quietly developed his craft in the relative shadows of fame, Nick Fletcher first appeared in my collection via a collaboration with John Hackett, brother of some Steve guy, reputedly a legendary figure in Prog, as well as a few solo albums that showcase his technical mastery. This album is a giant leap forward, as it's a bone fide cracker, featuring some solid performers in master Dave Bainbridge on keyboards, the phenomenal Tim Harries on bass, Jeff Beck's superlative drummer Anika Nilles as well as slick keyboardist Caroline Bonnett. Let's get the Latin title out of the way first, Quadrivium being the four noble arts according to Plato, those being Math, Geometry, Music, and Astronomy. Suffice to say, that this quartet is the inspiration for all the tracks presented here. Incorporating textures from another stylistic foursome, namely blues, metal, prog, and jazz. The cardinal points are all covered in all dimensions! The album is a suite of 11 astronomically interconnected tracks that paint a universal picture and should thus be listened to as a whole, keeping in mind all the 8 hints I have previously suggested. The magnificent "A Wave on the Ocean of Eternity" emerges from the silence, like a misty siren's chant, luring the listener into a cosmic expanse and hinting at the flowing Floydian fascination with life and death (Hello, Great Gig in the Sky). Synthesized horizons and a sultry electric guitar excursion is the ideal anesthesia to get the waves rolling in, setting the stage for the impending ride into the cosmos.

Speaking of which, the explosive launch of 'Overture to the Cosmos' spares no moment in blasting into orbit with a vortex of thunder and lightning, with coarse electric guitar blasts propelled by the intense Nilles concussion, solid bass boosters and atmospheric keyboard colourations. Breathtaking piece of havoc. Once flung into the stratosphere, time for a stage release into a jazzier realm, floating at warp speed into the unknown, a perfect opportunity for Bainbridge to show off his considerable piano skills and Nilles to show her subtle side. Fletcher enters the fray with a blistering rock solo that takes over the laid-back platform and vaults the arrangement into a real happy place, a perfect synthesis of the two styles at play. Visions of smiling musicians suspended in zero gravity. Change of pace with the moodily introspective "Ziggurat of Dreams Part1", a tasty intermezzo of colourful bluesy picking that straddles the jazz and soundtrack realms with just the right amount of reflection. A sensational segue into the complex madness of "The Fifth Parallel", a polyrhythmic cauldron of jazz-rock insanity that should make Jeff Beck smile from up above, a rather incredible drum display from Anika that boggles the mind. Fletcher flutters like a bumble bee in heat, screeching and pleading notes out of his instrument, egged along by Harries and Bainbridge. Where did I leave my oxygen mask? The shift back to colour and restraint is obvious on "Aphelion", where the playing regales in a classic jazz-rock setting, a style where all the complexity is made to sound rather liquid and carefree. Ridiculous chops by all involved, case in point Bainbridge delivering a deliriously fluid piano that has a elegant Oscar Peterson feel, while Anika kills it on the kit. Needless to repeat that Fletcher roams like a seasoned world-weary traveller, dropping notes with impassioned glee.

After a brief and settling "Ziggurat of Dreams Part 2", the stunningly robust "The Helix" is another turbo powered boost, starting off fairly innocuously with some twirling flickers of the wrist upon the six strings, a clear showcase of Fletcher's talent and mastery of tone, winking with admiration at the defunct Holdsworth and Beck (two of the GOATS) and as befits a spiral, it swirls into insanity like a tornado gone berserk. Not necessarily heavy but most definitely solid. Musicians out there will twitch in awe. Impressively cinematographic, this track "To the Stars We Shall Return" is the beginning to the crowning achievement on the set-list, a perfect companion to Santana's legendary jazz-rock masterpiece 'Caravanserai', offering the same sweeping, sandstorm-incrusted camel ride through the broiling Sahara, escorted by Middle Eastern percussives and headed in the direction of India, where "The Journey to Varanasi" awaits. This 7 minute + extravaganza is worth the purchase on its own merits, a mesmerizing hurricane of sound and fury, taking the Santana feel right into the Mahavishnu realm. Sizzling, molten lava guitar, played with unreal velocity and contrasting tonal restraint is a jaw -dropper. Add John MacLaughlin to the list of applauding fans! Might as well throw in Gilmour and Hackett, while we are at it.

How about some beauty to finish off this amazing recording, what with all the sizzle and fizzle, there is nothing more gratifying that a tender 'au revoir' and "Standing on the Edge of Time" does the 'denouement' (one of Lazland's favourite words) thingy just absolutely perfectly. Plato will also be happy. If I may, Nick, if you read this, please, MORE albums like this, same crew!!!

4.5 Roman Philosophers

 Beyond the Stars by HACKETT & NICK FLETCHER, JOHN album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.94 | 8 ratings

Beyond the Stars
John Hackett & Nick Fletcher Crossover Prog

Review by Heart of the Matter

4 stars When listening to a new album by a new band, you may expect a certain correspondence between the singer's voice, and the overall sound of the instrumental group. In this particular case, however, we find a rather delicate vocalist (John Hackett) in the context of a band that can get really electric from time to time.

Just listen to the opener to get the picture of what I'm saying: the thing starts with an almost heavy riffage by Nick Fletcher, and then the vocals kick in, wrapped in effects to ensure their presence in the mix. The result is great to my ears, even when it's not "classic", that's to say, there are no epic vocals riding over the band's proceedings. They rather contribute strategic brushes on a pair with the transverse flute, and the electric & acoustic guitars.

The overall sound of the album fluctuates (in a very natural and likable way) from Jazz-Rock/Fusion to Neo-Prog. If you want to taste the instrumental contributions of the flute and some electric guitar soloing, try track 3, A Time In Place. For more traditionally constructed songs, please go to tracks 6 and 8, Mist On The Lake & Sign Of The Times.

An album made with taste and talent by a dedicated group of musicians.

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