John Hackett is known for his distinctive flute sound in the world of progressive music and as an accomplished soloist.
The release of the rock album Another Life (on Esoteric Antenna) in 2015 was the catalyst to forming the new John Hackett Band with Nick Fletcher (guitars), Jeremy Richardson (bass, guitars & vocals) and Duncan Parsons (drums) in 2016.
Here’s what people have been saying about the John Hackett Band.
The studio album We Are Not Alone
“I can only come to the conclusion that we are dealing with a masterpiece here. Created by four top musicians who together form a close bond. Excellent.”
“Stylistically the album occupies the prog space somewhere between Alan Parsons Project, Camel and Supertramp. So it’s well produced,melodic and punctuated by fluid guitar…A good value package and introduction to ‘an understated gem’ “
Get Ready to Rock 4 stars“
“There is something immediately familiar about this album-it feels like a hug on a bad day….What makes it so great? Well, first there’s the musicianship-some truly glorious guitar playing from Nick Fletcher and Hackett’s disarming vocal style instantly puts the listener at ease….Nine perfectly balanced instrumental and vocal numbers; encompasses a number of styles,crosses genres.”
Graced with a cover that would look good nailed to a wall, this is a recommended listen for lovers of well-played music….We Are Not Alone is not to be left out of anyone’s music library.”
The Progressive Aspect
Nick Fletcher’s guitar waves take it to the stratosphere..John is a great artist in his own right now.”
Let it Rock
“The musicianship on both discs is top notch. I think this set is well worth having if you dig progressive rock with a lot of fusion in the mix…There are some killer instrumental passages..There is some amazing guitar soloing….
Music Street Journal
Nick Fletcher shows his talents on electric guitar….this counts for the whole album.
Winds of Change-in the second part of this instrumental you can enjoy a long and amazing guitar solo with a jazzy atmosphere;in the end the flute returns. A worthy ending to a fine album.
Another Live (bonus disc with the studio album)
recorded live at The Classic Rock Society:
“This album is a fantastic document of a band who are enjoying finding their feet and their audience and is an album any music fan will thoroughly enjoy.”
The Waiting Room
“An album full of beautiful vocal melodies.”
The live show:
” When I saw the John Hackett Band I was immediately impressed by their sheer virtuosity. In Nick Fletcher they have an amazing guitarist who is up there with the best in the business and the rhythm section of Jeremy and Duncan have an almost telepathic empathy…I would say they are an inventive,melodic,progressive rock band in the same general area as Caravan,Camel and even Focus.”