UK Tour 2006

The Brook - Southampton 20-2-2006


Thank you very Dutch!

Monday night was another superb evening from Jan and the band.

A good reception greeted them when they came on stage and opened with songs from Jan's most recent studio album "C.U."
Some older less-aired songs followed with "Tranquilizer" and "Piëtons" and an excellent "Winterborne Lyric"-intro (from the Heartware CD) into "Streetwalker."
More old favourites in Hocus Pocus, Sylvia and a superb version of "Tommy" satisfied the Focus fans with the evening rounded off with "Urban String", again from "C.U."

The band with guest bassplayer Serge Bredewolde

The band were very relaxed and were obviously enjoying themselves as always - same time next year please! As Jan would say - "Thank you very Dutch!"

Photo's + review: Martin Kitt

GUITAR MASTER CLASS. 20 February 2006

The billboard outside Southampton’s “The Brook” invited us to a master class in guitar playing. Inside there was a strong “buzz” of anticipation both from those already hooked into, and those yet to witness, the formidable Jan Akkerman guitar experience. Appearing on stage without ceremony, Jan introduced the band (including guest bass man Serge Bredewolde).

The band on stage

Opening with “Between The Sheets”, the first set also contained Tranquillizer, Streetwalker, and Blues Route. Jan never seems to play a piece the same way twice, and a highlight for me was “Tranquillizer”, combining its laid back tempo with some exquisite Akkermanesque flourishes. I hope this version finds its way onto CD soon.

Contact with the audience

The set closed with Paul Weller’s composition “You Do Something To Me”. The effect of this beautiful piece coupled with Jan’s exquisite taste, sound and dynamics drew audible expressions of audience approval after the first few notes.

keyboard player Coen Molenaar

The second set started with some “country blues” – Pietons. Kloenke and Slowman showcased the talents of the whole band, and within a kaleidoscopic backdrop and Serge’s driving bass beat Jan delivered some astounding guitar lines.

(guest) bassist Serge Bredewolde

It is clear that “Tommy” is an audience (as well as my own) favourite, and we were treated to an extended version featuring a superb keyboard passage by Coen Molenaar.
Urban String provided an encore and a solo spot for Marijn van den Berg’s virtuosic drum work.

drummer Marijn van den Berg

Available that evening was Jan’s “Fromage a Trois” CD featuring the band as “The Hotclub de Trance”. Django Reinhardt would surely take his hat off to this quality recording. The guitar playing is absolutely outstanding, and the CD is further confirmation that Jan conquers and sets new standards for whatever musical avenue he turns his hands to.

Jan's music is for all generations

Jan and his band have never failed to impress and delight me, and this evening was no exception.

Review: Steve Moore - Photo's: Clive Woodley