Sheer pleasure for playing together
Thats what I witnessed at the
Tamboer in Hoogeveen. Seeing Jan and the Rosenbergs was again a sea
The pleasure of the players is brought to our ears and eyes in such
a direct manner that you cant escape it. As the first gigs were a careful
search for possibilities, now they all play freely together wit a great
amount of humor. In such a loose atmosphere Jan is at its best.
Milestones was played in a way Ive never heard before. Much more in
rhythm and chords. Probably infected by Nousche, the rhythm king, who
is labelled by Jan as the most underestimated guitarist of the western
Also Puccinis Cafe, maybe one of Jans most beautiful songs, got a different
beginning, also in a rhythmic style. It came to my mind that I like
this song so much for the notes that are not played. There is such a
great build up of tension and release in this song, that Im still moved
by this beautiful piece.
Floatin with Stochelo (the lick that
I studied for ten years, does Stochelo in 20 seconds) forces Jan at
the peak of his capabilities, although playing with a big smile you
can see that Jan has not a simple task here. But he likes challenges,
and is always going for a big bumpy road ahead. And again the audience
acknowledged it. And eventually this audience is rewarded with real
Akkerman humor. For example his Pythons is called in Japanese Idem Dito.
Jan who is witty about his own music, and very at ease with his audience.
Who would have bet on that at the beginning of the nineties!