BAND/AUTHOR:

JAN AKKERMAN

(NETHERLANDS)

TITLE:
CLOSE BEAUTY (2019)
LABEL:
MASCOT LABEL GROUP
GENRE:
GUITAR HERO

"After 50 years of career and a rich discography, Jan Akkerman expresses all his sensibility as a musician and accompanies us on magnificent instrumental strolls at the crossroads of jazz and blues."
NUNO777 - 29.11.2019 - (0) minds from our readers - (0) comment(s)
4/5
Dutch Jan Akkerman is perhaps better known as having been Focus's guitarist since 1970 than for his solo career, which has been nicely filled with about twenty albums. This "Close Beauty" is a small event for those who follow Jan's work because he released his latest live record "North Sea Jazz" six years ago.

"Close Beauty" is an instrumental album whose name Jan Akkerman writes in capital letters and shares the bill with three musicians who have come to bring their musicality and experience mainly in jazz. The guitar plays the key-role, no wonder, but Marijn van den Berg on drums, David De Marez Oyens on bass and Coen Molenaar on keyboards are clearly not there to have a walk-on part. Jan's playing philosophy is very different from that of guitarists from the so-called guitar heroes movement. It's all about finesse and sensation and technical prowess is really not the musician's goal, although the Dutchman is an excellent skilled technician in all the vocabulary of the modern guitarist. Jan does not work on perfectly written scores, at least not in the rendering, and lets instinct and improvisation express themselves. But although jazz is a language often used in this record, the result is not lost on the way and the spaces of great freedom remain quite framed.

"Close Beauty" is experienced as a serene stroll through various latitudes in warm climates, an immersive journey that requires the tranquility of bodies and consciences. Yet it all begins with a carnal tension, the one that springs when two bodies dance tango, with the superb "Spiritual Privacy (Sunset Tango)" that gives life to the no less superb cover of Michael Cheval. With the bluesy "Beyond the Horizon" the album enters its more spatial dimension with its multiple magical atmospheres with the heartbreaking and delicate ballad "Reunion" and the childish and comforting "Close Beauty" with Christmas music tones before a more epic and cinematic turn emerges from the musical fresco "Retrospection" magnificently arranged. In its second part "Close Beauty" continues with a series of strolls with the South American style "Don Giovanni" and the succession "Meanwhile in St. Tropez", "French Pride" and "Cheese" which are as many opportunities for Jan to declare his love for France in bright melodies at the interface of blues and jazz.

In "Close Beauty" Jan Akkerman invites us to enjoy beautiful moments of music in a variety of styles that make it easier to listen to this long record. For lovers of delicate touch on guitars with crystal-clear or slightly crunchy acoustics and instrumental jazz-rock and blues compositions with large, unbridled choruses, we can only recommend "Close Beauty". At over 72 years of age and after 50 years of career, Jan Akkerman still radiates with all his generosity and love of music.

More informations on https://www.facebook.com/janakkermanofficial



SIMILAR BANDS:
FOCUS

TRACK LISTING:
01. Spiritual Privacy (Sunset Tango)
02. Beyond The Horizon
03. Reunion
04. Close Beauty
05. Retrospection (Emotional Debris-The Power Behind The Throne-Hear The Trees Whistle For The Dog-Euridice)
06. Passagaglia
07. Tommy's Anniversary
08. Don Giovanni
09. Meanwhile in St. Tropez
10. French Pride
11. Fromage
12. Good Body Every Evening


LINEUP:
Coen Molenaar: Claviers
David De Marez Oyens: Basse
Jan Akkerman: Guitares
Marijn Van Den Berg: Batterie


TAGS:
Acoustic, Bluesy, ?, Groovy, Instrumental, Intimist, Jazzy, Melancholic, Movie music, Symphonic, Guitar-Hero
 
 
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