This is the website of composer, lyricist, producer & musician M.A. Bakker.
Rejected Scripts Out now!
"M.A. Bakker's jazz-rock debut boasts the expert musicianship of a by-gone era, and a vivid lyrical imagery that gives it a fiction novel feel."
"If Frank Zappa ever would've had the idea to make a jazzy Funk & Soul record, it would probably sound quite similar to 'Rejected Scripts'!"
Every song is a compact story, with subject matters ranging from gleefully crafted nightmarish scenarios to playful commentaries on contemporary literature (and sometimes both!).
The music is built upon funky rhythms, unexpected melodies, rich harmonies and playful arrangements. A sophisticated mixture of pop, jazz, blues and funk influences.
Bakker wrote all music & lyrics for Rejected Scripts. His credits also include producing & arranging, the performance of the keyboard, guitar & bass parts, mixing & editing, artwork, and catering.
Other interests include: The animal kingdom, spicy food & the European beer catalogue.
Well, surely some cliches describe him well enough: 'Drawing on his roots to build new sounds', 'Original in ways that relate in ways to how everyone relates', 'Moving "outward" toward the "Core"', etc. etc. etc.
The truth of the matter is in the pudding: As an American with a heritage rooted in the fertile soil of Black creativity, he explores the universal ideals that connect us all seeking unity in music...he just so happens to really dig Jazz as his main musical springboard.
Maarten Bakker - all music & lyrics, arrangements, bass guitar, guitars, keyboards, backing vocals (track 2 & 8), mixing & editing, recording engineer, artwork, catering
Warren Byrd - lead vocals
Peter Weissink - drums
Natasja den Toom - backing vocals (track 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 10)
Simon Feenstra - backing vocals (track 1, 3, 4, 5 & 6)
Anna Zeijlemaker - flute (track 5 & 9), piccolo (track 5)
Hans van Wingerden - trumpet (track 1, 6, 7, 8)
David Wilschut - tenor saxophone (track 1, 6, 7, 8)
Jos van den Heuvel - trombone (track 1, 6, 7, 8)
Jordi Langelaan (Barn In The Meadow Studios) - mastering, recording engineer drums & horns
Rob Verbakel - photography
Special thanks to: Anna (for her endless patience), Janny & Paul (for continued support), Lonny Ziblat, Daniel Ernst & Jordi Langelaan (for invaluable feedback), Saskia Laroo (for making her gardenhouse available), Toon Verbakel (for providing the office), Albert Jan Zeijlemaker (for vintage props)