Why is Jan Akkerman's 1977 eponymously titled release, Jan Akkerman, my tenth favorite album of all-time?
The question I often find myself asking of myself is, Why is this album not my Number One all-time favorite album? Never before or since have I heard or studied a guitarist with the versatility, brave advenurousness, compositional style, over all knowledge of music in general and classical and guitar music specifically, than Jan Akkerman. And no album of his displays this, in my humble opinion, better than this album. Also, there is NO song that I have ever heard that better displays a guitarist's skill, versatility, and compositional prowess than "Streewalker."
The orchestration of Michael Gibbs (a genius on a par with Claus Ogerman).
The incredible drumming by European jazz drummer Bruno Castelucci. I have rarely been so impressed by a relatively 'unknown' (at least to me) as I am by Bruno's work throughout this album. The one song without him, with highly respected drum legend Pierre Van Der Linden, is, in my opinion, the weakest drumming on the album.
The wonderful, rich keyboard work from Joachim Kühn--with solos that don't pale in comparison with the maestro's amazing guitar work.
The quirky but essential percussion work from Neppe Noya.
The recording, engineering and production: Mega kudos to
My review of this album for ProgArchives:
"Pavane" [10/10]. The swirling keys accompanying Jan's chorus statement are too cool! Treated guitar effects not unfamiliar to the later Focus days, strumming not unlike the amazing Eli work, Jan is all over the fretboard and time-space continuum with this one.