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Jakko M Jakszyk: Secrets & Lies
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Jakko M Jakszyk: Secrets & Lies

Melodic Progressive Rock
4.5/5.0

For progressive music fans, Jakko Jakszyk needs little introduction. His life and musical career has been defined by his love for melodic progressive rock since he first saw King Crimson as a young teen in 1971. Then the apex of his career came when Robert Fripp asked Jakko to become a permanent member of the newly reformed iconic prog act in 2013. The extent of Jakko's long career and prolific accomplishments can be found in Jakszyk's biography provided by Inside Out Music. The talented songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and engineer returns with his latest solo album Secrets & Lies, the first since joining King Crimson.

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The album features three things you can always expect from Jakko: curious, thoughtful, and entertaining songwriting, spry guitar work, and his smooth, soulful, sometimes melancholic vocals. Additionally, Jakko has invited a who's who of the prog world to help him along including, to name a few, Robert Fripp, Gavin Harrison, Tony Levin, Peter Hammill, Al Murray, and saxophonist Mel Collins. Jakko's children Amber and Django also join their father on the album. Django appears on bass for the politically and culturally relevant Uncertain Times, a timely prog rock romp. Amber adds backing vocals on the recording, but also wrote the masterful and beautiful instrumental song, Trading Borders.

Other song highlights include Before I Met You a rhythmic, bit raucous tune, where prog rock meets jazz fusion with a terrific bass line and spry guitar work. Separation, penned with Fripp and intended for King Crimson, finds Jakko at this prog best offering a frenetic and lively arrangement peppered with his guitar work and Mel Collins' stylish saxophone. To read more about the songs of Secrets & Lies, read the song by song descriptions, again provided by the record label. (And likely more lucid than my comments.) All in all, Jakko Jakszyk's Secrets & Lies is another exceptional and entertaining album of melodic progressive rock by this creative and talented musician. Easily recommended.




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Jakko Jakszyk's Secrets & Lies is another exceptional and entertaining album of melodic progressive rock by this creative and talented musician. Easily recommended.

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