Best known as co-founders of Dutch group Focus, these two went their separate ways after hits like “Hocus Pocus” and “Sylvia.” Van Leer was the yodeller on the former track. Both became more jazz/fusion influenced, and this recording, as part of The North Sea Jazz festival showcases their ambient style to great effect with van Leer on keyboards and Akkerman on guitar.
It’s seven minutes of laid-back chill. Perfect for a lounge… and the fact that it’s a live recording merely underscores their virtuosity whilst helping us immerse ourselves. Mmm!
You can learn more about Jan Akkerman here:
About the Curator: Richard Parsons
I grew up listening to music from the late 60’s onwards. Pirate pop radio; swapping LP’s with friends; exploring genres; daydreaming over the latest woofer and tweeter.
In reality I spent thirty years imparting imperfect knowledge of English literature and drama to young minds in school. Regrets? No. I loved teaching; loved the interaction with the pupils, and made lifelong friends as a result. And what better way to keep up to date with music? I always played stuff in my lessons, and as a result, I’d be bombarded with suggestions from my flock! “Sir! Have you heard…?”