14 January 2009


Ronald Snijders for Black Straight Music from 1981.
Moving over to Holland for private press business and a tough lp for the funky flute freaks!
Check out "Latinetta","Wildgrass" and "Tori" for foot shufflin' action.
Here's a bit more about Ronald from his website:
Ronald Snijders is considered to be the most swinging flutist in the Netherlands (Jazz magazine Jazz nu), and the inventor of African Surinam kawinajazz. He was born in Paramaribo, Suriname in 1951 and started to play the flute at the age of seven, influenced by his professionally fluteplaying father. In his youth he also practised guitar, sax, some piano and percussion, playing popular music, classical music, Brazilian music plus jazz. In september of 1970 he settled in Delft, the Netherlands to study civil engineering, but about five years later he was a professional selftaught musician. Among his awards shines the Press prize at the prestigious NOS jazzconcours of 1973 in Laren, won with a flute solo. The legendary bandleader Boy Edgar who was presiding the jury said: Ronald Snijders has extreme skill and creativity. Jazzpianist Chick Corea wrote him in 1976: You're a great flutist and an excellent composer…I'm sure people here in the United states will like your music a lot. And as jazz journalist Rudy Koopmans put it some years later: the most brillant fluteplayer in the field of improvised music in the Netherlands (Volkskrant). The World Broadcasting Corporation of the Netherlands made a documentary film about Ronald Snijders in 1973 and in 1999 the Dutch NPS television portrayed him in both the Netherlands and Surinam (which he visites frequently). Ronald Snijders produced and released twenty albums (cd's and lp's) with innovative compositions of his own, varying in style from North American jazz and fusion to new African Caribbean jazz (among which Surinam kasekojazz and kawinajazz), Brazilian grooves and other worldjazz. He also released three cd's with Surinam childrens songs performed by Surinam children. Furthermore he played on albums of the Dutch Willem Breuker collective (in which he worked between 1974 and 1976), the partly Surinam Fra Fra bigband and the Moroccan Weshm. He performed as a flute soloist and with the Ronald Snijders Band (earlier named Ronald Snijders Black Straight Music) and the now very succesful Ronald Snijders extended Band in the Netherlands, Germany, Finland, Suriname, the USA, Cuba, Curacao, Mali, Senegal and Burkina Faso. Jazztrumpeter Lester Bowie from the Art Ensemble of Chicago played a full concert with Ronald Snijders in the Netherlands. In march/april 2000 he toured with his band to Mexico, Nicaragua and Guatamala. Snijders composed music for films (South Bronx, Kon Esi baka, Desiree, Domburg), tv and radio tunes, balletmusic and classical music for ensembles and symfonic orchestra. He lives in Delft. Beside fluteplaying, composing and producing he is an author and a master of ethnomusicolgy. He wrote a couple of books among which the biography The man with the piccolo, where Ronald Snijders pictured his musical father Eddy Snijders (1923-1990), the lexicon Sranantongo fu strati with slang creole Surinam words and expressions, and a sheetmusic book with traditional melodies of kaseko, the most popular music of Surinam. He presents readings on Caribbean (and other) music at universities, cultural centres and the like, and leads music workshops for improvisation.
In 2001 he was awarded ‘Ridder in de orde van Oranje Nassau’ from the Netherlands and ‘Ridder in de orde van de Gele Ster’ from Suriname for his many contributions in connecting musical cultures. He performed with the Metropole orkest and the Dutch Jazz orchestra of the Concertgebouw. In 2001 the NESKO (students symfonic orchestra) performed his composition Paramaribo rhapsody.

Check out the top draw Quimsy's Mumbo Jumbo for another Snijder post here.


bacoso said...

original vinyl rip @320:

brazoo said...

Great stuff!
Thanks Bacoso!

katonah said...

what a honey ...

E-mile said...

I've seen him live in 2008, he still swings like mad!!! he had a great band on stage too :-)
thanks for this one.
peace, E-mile

JAZZYPIER ♪ said...

Very very thanks for this Bacoso!
Only you can do this.


Jared said...

I'm not familiar with Ronald, but the cover is killer. Looking forward to hearing this...Thanks Bacoso!

Baby Grandpa said...

A superb share and a superb rip. Now let's see who will be the first to lay hands on the Ronald Snijders album that contains the fabulous, almost hiphop style "Lenox" track!

The album is called "A Safe Return", was released in 1980 and contains the following tracks:

1. Lenox
2. Surinam lady
3. Kaseko attack
4. Sisa
5. Tukayana
6. Soweto friend
7. Djamba
8. A safe return

The album was released on Black Straight Records (BSM0102)


Baby Grandpa

Dr. Johnny Fever said...

Love the funky flute!! Thanks for this great post!!

gregoriograzi said...

I'm a sucker for a funky flute. I think I'll give this a test drive.

Gianni aka Cesare Barbetta said...

ciao Bacoso,
this was the Christmas gift you should have posted some weeks ago!

thank you

johnv said...

Thanks Bacoso! My only previous experience with Snijders was via the post at Quimsy's you've linked to. Great to hear another one from him.

G. Tomé said...

I´m very glad that this came back.

Your blog was like a father to me.

keep posting.

G. Tomé (from São PAulo, Brazil)

Blind William said...


Solomon said...

Thank you.

Franco said...

This is Excellent ! Thanks!...along with Quimsy's drop
two quality albums from an undercelebrated Snijders...
anymore from the period anyone ?

flux_is_krux said...

Thank you!!!! Excellent! I love the funky flute. Keep on rocking.

Sun Ira said...

This is such an awesome recording! It has been in steady rotation since I downloaded it. Thanks!

alphabet said...

Muchas Gracias!!!

Focused Meander said...

Bacoso...wonderful offering again, my man. I have a couple of his tracks on various compilations over the yeasr but I didn't have this. Great find...funky. Thanx again.

Simon666 said...

Coming in late :) Thanks for this Bacoso!