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All Music Guide - Fran├žois Couture
In 1972, Focus was experiencing planetary success with the single "Hocus Pocus" and the accompanying LP Moving Waves. With this kind of momentum, guitarist and leader Jan Akkerman decided it was time for a parallel solo career. Profile is not disconnected from his work with Focus, but was at the time a good medium to show the extent of his talent. The two main musicians on this record apart Akkerman himself are Focus alumni Pierre van der Linden drums and Bert Ruiter bass. The first half contains "Fresh Air," a 20-minute epic in seven parts. This is a jazz-rock track like Focus rarely recorded except maybe the In and Out of Focus version of "Anonymous". Akkerman is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Fran├žois Couture
In 1972, Focus was experiencing planetary success with the single "Hocus Pocus" and the accompanying LP Moving Waves. With this kind of momentum, guitarist and leader Jan Akkerman decided it was time for a parallel solo career. Profile is not disconnected from his work with Focus, but was at the time a good medium to show the extent of his talent. The two main musicians on this record apart Akkerman himself are Focus alumni Pierre van der Linden drums and Bert Ruiter bass. The first half contains "Fresh Air," a 20-minute epic in seven parts. This is a jazz-rock track like Focus rarely recorded except maybe the In and Out of Focus version of "Anonymous". Akkerman is smoking on the electric guitar and the whole thing sounds a lot like early Mahavishnu Orchestra: There is a strong sense of urgency to it coupled with the feeling that these guys were having a wonderful time. The second half is more eclectic in styles and in results. Here, Akkerman indulges in his interest for medieval and classical music. A rendition of "Kemps Jig" a medieval tune that was also part of Gryphon's repertoire and an "Etude" by Carcassi are both played on the lute, and Diabelli's "Andante Sostenuto" is performed on Spanish guitar. A rather poor blues number and two Focus-inspired tracks complete the set. More technical, the album's second half is a showcase for Akkerman's guitar chops, but it is really "Fresh Air" that best exemplifies his talent both as a composer and a performer and puts this album a cut above other prog guitarists' solo projects, namely Steve Howe's first two records.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2000
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
  • EAN: 5017261204905
  • Catalog Number: 490

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fresh Air: Must Be My Land/Wrestling to Get Out/Back Again/The Fight (19:55)
  2. 2 Kemp's Jig (1:34)
  3. 3 Etude (1:32)
  4. 4 Blue Boy (2:25)
  5. 5 Andante Sostenuto (4:08)
  6. 6 Maybe Just a Dream (2:34)
  7. 7 Minstrel/Farmers Dance (1:46)
  8. 8 Stick (3:38)
  9. 9 Kemp's Jig
  10. 10 Etude
  11. 11 Blue Boy
  12. 12 Andante Sostenuto
  13. 13 Maybe Just a Dream
  14. 14 Minstrel
  15. 15 Farmers Dance
  16. 16 Stick
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jan Akkerman Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Alto Flute, Bass Guitar, Lute, Electric Piano, spanish guitar
Ferry Maat Piano
Bert Ruiter Bass, Bass Guitar
Frans Smit Drums
Pierre van der Linden Drums
Jaap VanEyck Bass, Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Jan Akkerman Composer
Anton Diabelli Composer
B.V. Bovema Producer
Tim Griek Producer
Alan Clayson Liner Notes
Anonymous Composer Composer
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