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Focus

Band
1969 / Present
Netherlands Netherlands

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Band Focus

Overview

History

Focus is a Dutch progressive rock band founded by classically trained organist/flautist Thijs van Leer in 1969, along with guitarist Jan Akkerman.
They are one of the most well-known and influential rock bands from the Netherlands. They successfully fuse inspired jazz, rock, and blues improvisation, classical musical structures, and accessible pop melodies into a powerful and instantly recognizable sound.
Akkerman's technical mastery of the guitar and the often unpredictable brilliance of his improvisations were the perfect counterpoint to Van Leer's extensive knowledge of musical styles and disciplined approach to composition. Van Leer's tongue-in-cheek musical references include the reworking of motifs from an early Monteverdi opera in the extended piece "Eruption" on the Moving Waves album, the contrapuntal passage in the middle section of "Carnival Fugue" on the Focus 3 album, the Renaissance-era harmonic progressions in "Anonymous II" (also on Focus 3), and the quote from the first chorale of J.S. Bach's oratorio St. Matthew's Passion in the track "Father Bach" on "Mother Focus".

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Members

Thijs van Leer
Present
Bert Ruiter
Present
Colin Allen
1973 - Present
Menno Gootjes (guitar)
2010 - Present
Philip Catherine
1975 - 1977
Jan Akkerman
1968 - 1975
Pierre van der Linden
1969 - 1973
Cyril Havermans
1969 - 1970
Martin Dresden
1968 - 1969
Hans Cleuver
1968 - 1969

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Discography

Studio Album

1969
Album has 7 releases
1970
Album has 8 releases
1971
Album has 7 releases
1973
Album has 6 releases
1975
Album has 4 releases
2001
Album has 3 releases
2005
Album has 2 releases
2012
Album has 2 releases

Single

1971
Album has 1 releases