Jan Akkerman & The Rosenberg
24 & 25 September 2000
From left to right: Nonnie, Nous'che, Jan and Stochelo
JAN AKKERMAN - Gibson L5 Custom
(Jan played ?Milestones? on the Waterland Custom during the first night
STOCHELO ROSENBERG - Solo guitar
NOUS?CHE ROSENBERG - Rhythm guitar
NONNIE ROSENBERG - Double bass
WILBRAND MEISCHKE - Double bass
TON DIJKMAN - Drums
DANIEL DE LOPEZ OYAS - Double bass (only in Zaandam)
NEIL DENHOLM - Sound engineer
|1st set (50
Solo suite (based upon C.S. and Wildflower)
Am I Losing You
|2nd set (55
After Youve Gone
My Pleasure - Straight Life
encore : Piétons
After two gigs in Middelburg and Eindhoven,
Jan and the Rosenbergs performed two nights at one of Amsterdam?s nicest
venues De Kleine Komedie. In the same week, Jan also performed in Zaandam,
at the new Zaantheater, where Wilbrand was temporarily replaced by bassist
Daniel de Lopez Oyas.
The first set is Jan?s set, in which he performs a selection of some
of his best works, also in the style and atmosphere of the whole evening.
Bebop, gypsy-swing, etc. Starting with a solo suite on the Gibson L5,
Jan melts songs like C.S., Wildflower, Bird Island and Just Because
as the perfect introduction to Am I Losing You, for which Ton and Wilbrand
enter the stage.
Next song was the highlight of especially the first night at the Kleine
Komedie. A composition that Jan hadn?t play in this form for 15 years
or so : Heavy Treasure. Now with Ton and Wilbrand, it is more like a
jazzy shuffle, compared to the rock ?n? roll swing version in the ?guitarsynth?-ages.
The version now is much more relaxed and contains a slightly different
melody around the main theme of the song.
During the next song Milestones, the speed is at its maximum, especially
at the gig in Zaandam ! Last song that the trio performs is the always
beautiful Puccini?s Café, a song I rate among Jan?s best.
For the next song, Jan introduces Stochelo Rosenberg, for a song that
Stochelo learned to play in five minutes : Floatin?. Another live-favourite
from the past and the arrangement for both solo guitarists is very well
The last song before the break is D?Jan?Gology, for which Nous?che Rosenberg
is introduced as ?one of the most underrated guitarists? and to play
along as rhythm guitarist. Compared to the previous tour when Jan premiered
this composition, D?Jan?Gology is now more melodic and diverse. A subtile
ending to a perfectly build up first set.
For the first half of the second set, the
complete Rosenberg Trio plays a set of five standards, including a couple
of Django Reinhardt composions. During the second night in Amsterdam,
the setlist was a bit turned around, to introduce Stochelo?s younger
brother Mozes on solo guitar and Nous?che?s young nephew Daniel on rhythm
guitar during the songs Oléo and Limehouse Blues. What a great
collaboration, and suddenly it was the Rosenberg Quintet! The audience
was very impressed by the excellent playing of the both young members
of the Rosenberg family.
From left to right: Nous'che, Nonnie,
Daniel, Moses and Stochelo Rosenberg
After the Rosenberg set, Jan
re-entered the stage again to play Zebra, After You?ve Gone and My Pleasure
with them. Ton joined them on drums for the latter two songs and for
My Pleasure, both Nonnie and Wilbrand played double bass, so the rhythm
section was at its maximum for that song. The interaction especially
between Jan and Stochelo is so great to view and both players stimulate
each other to higher registers.
As an encore, Jan?s country blues Pietons was played, with that famous
lick that even got Stochelo up from his chair and Nous?che, who was
asked to yodel this time? !!!
I can conclude that the combination of Jan Akkerman and The Rosenberg
Trio is more than a logical one. Both Jan and the Rosenbergs have added
something extra to each others? material and it all melts together perfectly.
And this is only the beginning of the tour?..!
Review by Wouter Bessels
Thanks to Bas van de Berg and Irene Heinicke