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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.
© François Couture /TiVo

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1
Fresh Air
00:19:55

Jan Akkerman, Composer, MainArtist

℗ 1972 Universal International Music B.V.

2
Kemps Jig
00:01:34

Traditional, Composer - Jan Akkerman, MainArtist

℗ 1972 Universal International Music B.V.

3
Etude
00:01:33

Jan Akkerman, MainArtist - Carcassi, Composer

℗ 1972 Universal Music B.V.

4
Blue Boy
00:02:26

Jan Akkerman, Composer, MainArtist

℗ 1972 Universal Music B.V.

5
Andante Sostenuto
00:04:09

Jan Akkerman, MainArtist - Anton Diabelli, Composer

℗ 1972 Universal International Music B.V.

6
Maybe Just A Dream
00:02:35

J. Akkerman, Composer - Jan Akkerman, MainArtist

℗ 1972 Universal International Music B.V.

7
Minstrel/Farmers Dance
00:01:45

J. Akkerman, Composer - Jan Akkerman, MainArtist

℗ 1972 Universal International Music B.V.

8
Stick
00:03:42

J. Akkerman, Composer - Jan Akkerman, MainArtist

℗ 1972 Universal International Music B.V.

Album Description

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.
© François Couture /TiVo

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