Looking at the music of Dutch rock band Focus, started in the late sixties by Thijs Van Leer (b /31/03/48) with Jan Akkerman (b 24/12/46). Van Leer still performs and records under the name today (official site here). Akkerman's site here.




Track by track 142

Archive number: 142
Title: Raga Reverence 1
Main Album: The Focus Family Album (also on Swung Vol 2)
Track number: 7
Genre: Jam
Studio: Unknown
Length: 6:24
Composer: Menno Gootjes, Bobby Jacobs & Pierre van der Linden
Musicians: Menno Gootjes - Guitar; Bobby Jacobs - Bass; Pierre van der Linden - Drums
Producer: Bobby Jacobs
Engineer: Bobby Jacobs?
Label: In and Out of Focus Recordings
Date of recording/release: 2017
Notes: This jam begins briefly with cymbals then a bass riff from Bobby with the drums joining in at 00:13 and the guitar playing over it at 00:20 forward. A second guitar appears to be overdubbed most of the way so that the high notes and the more chugging style compliment each other. We have something of a slowing down at 04:50 before the while trails away.
A note on jam session (based on Wikipedia)
This is a relatively informal musical event, process, or activity where musicians, typically instrumentalists, play improvised solos and vamp on tunes, songs and chord progressions. To "jam" is to improvise music without extensive preparation or predefined arrangements, except for when the group is playing well-known jazz standards or covers of existing popular songs. Original jam sessions, also 'free flow sessions', are often used by musicians to develop new material (music) and find suitable arrangements. Both styles can be used simply as a social gathering and communal practice session. Jam sessions may be based upon existing songs or forms, may be loosely based on an agreed chord progression or chart suggested by one participant, or may be wholly improvisational. Jam sessions can range from very loose gatherings of amateurs to evenings where a jam session coordinator or host acts as a "gatekeeper" to ensure that only appropriate-level performers take the stage, to sophisticated improvised recording sessions by professionals which are intended to be broadcast live on radio or TV or edited and released to the public.

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