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Jakko M. Jakszyk


Canterbury Scene

3.65 | 44 ratings

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3 stars To write the complete story of this overlooked British musician in a few lines is just impossible.Jakko M. Jakszyk was born in London and in 1958 and started his career with the promising group 64 Spoons in late-70's.During the next two decades Jakszyk tried to list up his career either through sparse solo efforts (sometimes simply refered as Jakko) or through several group appearances like in The Lodge, Level 42 or Dizrhythmia.He became wider known as a member of the King Crimson tribute act 21st Century Schizoid Band in 2002 and in 2006 he returned with his more accomplished solo album ''The Bruised Romantic Glee Club'' released on IcenI label.

A very ambitious 2CD release, which nicely sums up Jakszyk's various influences, and includes guest appearances be several huge names of the Progressive/Art Rock scene like Gavin Harrison, Mel Collins, Ian Wallace, Robert Fripp, Hugh Hopper, Dave Stewart or Ian MacDonald among others.Through the years Jakszyk built great friendships with plenty of important musicians of the British/Canterbury school of Prog, eventually determining his overall style of songwriting and composing.And ''The Bruised Romantic Glee Club'' is a nice document of his career and music background, containing elements from Singer/Somgwriter styles, Canterbury Prog, British Prog, Art Rock and Jazz Fusion.Some pieces are just romantic singing ballads, performed with a deeply artistic mood, others are closer to KING CRIMSON or even VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR from their various, different era's, containing plenty of sax improvisations and solos, crunchy guitars, smooth Mellotrons and even good interplays.A fair part of the album though is dedicated to somekind of BRUDFORD-ian Fusion with an evident Canterbury edge sometimes with sharp but melodic guitars, deep bass lines and superb drumming by Gavin Harisson.Among these progressive tunes Jakszyk cleverly added some mellow instrumental pieces with strong Classical and Jazz references, containing among others soft pianos, strings, synths or saxes.

Regard this one as the personal trip of Jakko M. Jakszyk though the years, a lovely introduction to British Prog through the ages, having strong vintage and contemporary echoes.And while this album is not a masterpiece, it will definitely satisfy a very wide audience of listeners with different tastes.Warmly recommended.

apps79 | 3/5 |


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