EEF ALBERS

Dutch guitarist Eef Albers is an enigmatic genius, recognized among musical experts as one of the best improvising jazz fusion guitarists of Europe. Born 1951, he started 1972 a trio with John Lee and Gerry Brown, later expended with Daryl Thompson. In 1975 he released his first album ‘Blue Capricorn’. He also played with Rogier van Otterloo, Bo Stief, Frans Elsen, Peter Herbolzheimer, Metropole Orkest and the BBC Orchestra. Together with Philip Catherine, he was a member of Dutch Progrock group Focus, replacing Jan Akkerman. Combining elements of jazz, rock, blues, afro and classical music, Albers developed an unique, thrilling and highly recognizable style, which made him the most admired guitarist in The Netherlands of his days. He played with Kraan, Jasper van ’t Hof, Ack van Rooyen, Bob Malch, Stanley Clarke, Toots Thielemans, Steve Smith and Simon Phillips. In the Netherlands Eef Albers often meets with Leo Janssen, Karel Boehlee, Arno van Nieuwenhuize, Thijs van Leer, Koos Wiltenburg and Stormvogel, the latter joining at his Festival de Muzen 2007 and later on in his epic jazzbarock project called ‘Atuatuca’.