Rick van der Linden
1946 - 2006
The base for the legendary neo-classical Dutch rock group from Haarlem Ekseption had already formed in 1958 when bass-player Hans Alta, saxophonist-guitarist Huib van Kampen and trumpetist/organist Rein van den Broek formed the Jokers. In the next few years, they were joined by drummer Tim Griek and multi-instrumentalist Rob Kruisman.
In 1965, the band name was changed to Incrowd, but that lasted only for a year, when another group named Incrowd from The Hague became famous in The Netherlands. During their first year together, with Ton Heydenrijk (sax) and Hans Timmer (organ) in the lineup, they played mostly jazz and R&B at small clubs such as the ABC Societeit in Beverwijk and Club '66 in Amsterdam. In 1967, Tim (later producer for Brainbox, etc.), Ton (ex-Hottletts) and both Hanses left the group.
New recruits were: Cor Dekker (bass, ex-Hottletts), Peter de Leeuwe (drums, ex-Cuby & The Blizzards) and the group's later leader Rick van der Linden (keyboards; prior to this busy playing classical music and jazz with the Occasional Swingcombo and the Ferdinand Povel Quartet). But it was only after Ekseption won the Loosdrecht Jazzconcours competition in 1968 and Rob Kruisman left the group (he went to Island) that the band's own versions of famous classical pieces, played with rock arrangements, started getting them much-deserved attention.
English group Nice (featuring the fledgling future E.L.P. stalwart Keith Emerson) set a clear example for Ekseption.
Following some years of international success, Rick left the group in 1973 to form his own Trace; still the group plodded on without him for another two albums, but due to the lack of success, ceased to exist in 1975 (just a little bit later regrouping as Spin).
The line-up had changed numerous times by then:
1969: Rick van der Linden (keyboards), Michel van Dijk (v, ex-Les Baroques and Island), Cor Dekker (bass), Dick Remelink (sax, flute, ex-Pocomania), Huib van Kampen (sax, guitar), Rein van den Broek (trumpet) and Peter de Leeuwe (drums, from 1969 to 1970 temporarily replaced by Dennis Whitbread, ex-Het and Profession).
Michel was replaced in 1970 by Steve Allet, ex-Ginger Ale. Huib left the group in 1970, but didn't get replaced. 1973: Hans Jansen (keyb, ex-Think Tank), Pieter Voogt (drums, ex-Continental Uptight Band and also often with Rosa King), John Vennik (sax, fl, ex-Original City Machine), Rein, Cor and since 1974 Hans Hollestelle (guitar, ex-Toreros).
In 1975, the name of the group was changed into Spin. Rick van der Linden went to Trace, Michel van Dijk to Amsterdam, Cor Dekker also to Trace, Dick Remelink to Galaxy Lin, Rob Kruisman to Island, Peter de Leeuwe to Lion and Carlsberg, Dennis Whitbread to September, Steve Allet to Antilope, Pieter Voogt to Water.
1964 Think about tomorrow/ (as the Jokers) 1966 ABC blues/Land of thousand dances EP Ekseption at ABC: Tune NA 4/ABC blues/Avilla at the Teguila ABC-Productions RC 162 1967 Talk about tomorrow/Mojo Ann Imperial IH 720 1968 From Africa with love/Laura 767 1969 The fifth/Sabre dance Philips JF 334686 Rhapsody in blue/Ritual fire dance 336035 Air/Concerto 336047 LP Ekseption UBY 873003 1970 Italian concerto/Feelings JF 336094 Adagio/Julia 6012013 Another history/Rondo 6012030 Peace planet/On Sunday they will kill the world 6012068 LP Beggar Julia's time trip LCY 861821 LP 3 6413007 1971 Ave Maria/Body party 6012150 Bank Ekseptional pt.1/Pt.2 ABN LB 2608 LP 00.04 Philips 6423019 1972 A la Turka/Virginal 6012255 My son/Jesus joy 6012290 LP Fifth 6423042 1973 Persian market/Bingo bingo 6012412 Flight of the bumble bee/Smile 6832068 LP Ekseptional classics 6410044 LP Trinity 6423056 1974 De fietser/Sunny revival 6012450 LP Bingo 6413501 LP From Ekseption with love 6677025 1975 LP Greatest hits 6410079 LP Mind mirror 6423082 1977 LP Back to the classics 6010129
Jazz-rock group Spin was a continuation of then-defunct Ekseption. Spin existed in 1976-77 and released two LPs with the following line-up: John Vennik (sax, flute), Hans Jansen (keyboards), Rein van de Broek (trumpet), Hans Hollestelle (guitar, to Rainbow Train), completed with Kees Kranenburg (drums, ex-Jayjays) and Jan Hollestelle (bass, ex-Toreros, to Beuk Brothers and Geo).
1976 Grasshopper/Little bitch Ariola AT 16338 LP Spin Ariola XOT 27021 1977 LP Whirlwind Ariola XOT 28210
[5-4-1969] THE 5TH [21-6-1969] RHAPSODY IN BLUE [4-10-1969] AIR [24-1-1970] ITALIAN CONCERTO [18-4-1970] ADAGIO [8-8-1970] ANOTHER HISTORY [2-1-1971] PEACE PLANET [9-10-1971] AVE MARIA A LA TURKA [7-9-1974] DE FIETSER
Submitted by: Adri Verhoef
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