Delve into the Dutch jazz scene of the 1950s and 1960s with a selection of classic and rare hard bop and cool jazz tracks from artists like Herman Schoonderwalt, the Diamond Five, Wessel Ilcken and Tony Vos. Holland never sounded this hip before!
“Jazz is garbage and a caricature of the modern orchestra; it is garbage arranged by half-grown musicians for the benefit of common entertainment.” In spite of the Dutch cultural establishment’s attempts to preclude jazz - as illustrated by this citation from the October 1926 issue of music magazine De Muziek - The Netherlands was one of the earliest adopters of the new music style as it came over to the Old Continent at the end of World War I and this compilation proves it like no other.
Dive in, jazz cats!
released June 16, 2023
Compiled by Lander Lenaerts and Stephan Raab
Produced by Stefaan 'Sdban' Vandenberghe
Liner notes by Lander Lenaerts
Lay-out by Visuals Internationals
Compiled with kind permission of Leo Meijer, Sony and Universal
Special thanks to: Joop van Enkhuizen and Clifford Allen
Cover photo: Café Reynders on Leidseplein in Amsterdam (1956). Photo: Hans Buter/MAI
supported by 13 fans who also own “Hip Holland Hip : Modern Jazz In The Netherlands 1950 - 1970”
Adventurous hybrid jazz at its best. I struggle to describe why this stands out above a crowd, but... It all sounds so precise. Every instrument fills its own space so that, as busy as it gets, it never feels crowded. It breathes easy while full of energy. In case I'm not making sense, this, in short, is brilliant. Added bonus that the vocal track doesn't stand out negatively as those too often do on otherwise instrumental albums. Heavy rotation, and the best jazz-related album of 2022. rvss.eel