|September 13th 2003|
Setlist: Bluesroot •
Piétons (incl. HP) • I’m in the mood
This was another gig that I was hoping for, since the last time that Jan performed with the former singer of the Dizzy Man’s Band, mr. Jacques Kloes, at a festival on the Dutch coast back in June 2001. And of course those were the memorable nights when Jan and Jacques combined their talents at the BluesRoute festivals in Utrecht from 1995 until 1997.
With those gigs in mind, we headed for
a sunny and delighted Saturday afternoon in Beverwijk, not far from the
dunes of the west coast of Holland. When we entered the square where the
gig would take place, it was already full of people standing and sitting
around, having a beer, watching some local choirs, having a laugh, meeting
a couple of die-hard JA fans (some seem to have more time to attend JA
gigs than we do!)…
At 3.00 PM we met Jan and Jacques outside
a local pub, taking a quick notice on the setlist of the afternoon. I
asked Jacques if he does these collaborations more often: “No, actually
I don’t. Doing such gigs with Jan is always pleasant and satisfying
for me. You never know what will happen with him around. I have known
Jan for many years now and he surprises me everytime I watch him play
or when we play together. Never a dull moment!”
After a short soundcheck, the boys took the stage at 4 PM. With Jeroen on the keys, Willy on bass and Remco van der Sluis on drums (carrying all his drum-equipment on just one stake-carrier!), they started with the Bluesroot-piece, setting the mood for the rest of the afternoon. Jacques entered the stage halfway through the 65-minute set, doing the vocals on “Standing on shakey grounds”, “You do someting to me”, “My baby’s gone” and “Feeling alright”. His bluesy voice fitted again well with the beautifully paced band, in which Jan’s guitar work was having extensive dialogues with Kloes’ voice and Jeroen’s gentle work on the Rhodes and the Hammond. It rocked more with every song that was to follow!
Somewhere during “Feeling alright”
Jan added some lines from a Johnny Cash song (who just died some days
before the gig) that caused some laughing from Jacques, who almost wanted
to start singing like Cash!