Apeldoorn - Gigant
– Catalyst “Firenze” electric guitar
The announced “Jack Daniels’
Rock Nights” tour was an opportunity for Jan to play both new
and older material featuring the two producers of his new CD.
Some members of the people, that went
to see the gig, must have had some strange thoughts that there was no
drummer on stage. Instead, from the beginning, DJ Ronald Molendijk live-programmed
his sequencers and set the tone for a fascinating 80 minutes of “D-Jan-go-electro”.
The opening medley contained some licks from Funkology (with Jeroen’s swirling synths around the well-paced rhythms) and this segued into Bluesroot 2003, where Molendijk had some fun with Wilbrand to keep in sync with the right beat. Jan was clearly enjoying himself a lot on stage, shaking his head to the beat and doing a surprising solo ‘on the cutting edge’.
After the introductions, Cotton Bay
followed, where the interaction between Jan and Jeroen became the main
factor. What became a tour-the-force into the various solo’s,
was the performance of “that old’ country blues’,
Piétons! The drum-programming worked here very well and Molendijk
was joking around with the beat. Some might say that electronic percussion
can be very static and standard without too many variations, but Ronald
shows that it can be creative in its own right. Jan’s broken string
gave Wilbrand the opportunity to play an extended bass-solo, again with
lots of variations and an excellent ‘slapping’ part, that
resulted in several staccato chords from Jeroen as well.
Due to time limits, there was not
enough time to do another song, but after this great set, you almost
could not expect anything better in this form.
by Wouter Bessels