26 November 2009

THE DIAMOND FIVE - BRILLIANT !




















The Diamond Five for Fontana from 1964.
Personnel: Cees Slinger: piano; Harry Verbeke: tenor sax; Cees Smal: trumpet, cornet and valve trombone; Jacques Schols: bass; Johnny Engels: drums.
Please check the comments as Chazz has also ripped The Five Diamonds-Finally After Forty Years cd reissue from Japan and will be posting the link shortly.Over to you Chazz!

I don't post donations at OIR but just had to make an exception when this was winged across the pond to me from Chazz Katz.It's a very rare piece of hard bop from Holland which made a blink and miss it reissue on cd some years ago in Japan (original vinyl goes for silly money anywhere between $600-$1000) and has never appeared in blogland before.Here's the notes and cheers to Chazz for his rip!
Nice work chap - All Killer No Filler!

The Diamond Five, a Dutch quintet led by pianist Cees Slinger, was founded in 1959 and lasted until 1965. They were based at the Sheherazade Club in Amsterdam and were quite popular, playing all over Holland and accompanying expatriate American musicians on their visits to Amsterdam. However, when the club closed its doors due to a shift in popular interest from jazz to rock music, the quintet disbanded. This 1964 recording is their only session available on CD. The music is hard bop on the surface, but is neither formulaic nor a copy of the genres imported from the U.S.
The musicians are quite unique in their style. Slinger plays sparse notes on his solos, utilizing well-placed pauses in the music to create melodic hard bop with hints of more forward-looking styles. The other outstanding soloist is tenor saxophonist Harry Verbeke, whose solos (in contrast to that of the leader) are filled with a multitude of notes played in the modal vein. The others are also quite stellar, the bass and the drums providing a loose bluesy support and horn man Cees Smal adding something unique with the sounds of his different horns, switching between valve trombone, cornet and trumpet.

35 comments:

Bacoso said...

http://rapidshare.com/files/312317059/The_Diamond_Five-Brilliant_1964.zip

codazzo said...

Bacoso, I'm loving this album. excellent jazz, thanks!

chazz said...

Good un'.You have resources to find the best!!!LOL!!!
Chazz

Reza said...

Thanks Chazz looks excellent , and thanks for recent comments at mine :)

codazzo said...

my bad chazz, I didn't read the post carefully! thank you my friend :)
this album rocked my socks

Erik said...

Watch out for some unreleased material and hard to get flexi discss coming out early 2010 !

Jazzjet said...

Great post, but the CD is available currently at normal price at Amazon UK.

boogieman said...

Some great Jazz music came (and still comes) from Holland and Belgium.
Thanks for this one.
Cheers

bluenote said...

The Diamond Five -- Brilliant indeed! I have been searching for this one for a long time. Thanks for the great post!

g.raf said...

Thanks Chazz & Bacoso. Never heard of this band.
Excellent post!

katonah said...

This swings, many thanks to all concerned.

moxnix said...

really loving this one, thanks for taking the time!

Andy said...

Really looking forward to hearing this,thanks.

Andy said...

Well I have played it and it is indeed really good,thank you so much.

Simon666 said...

Thanks Chazz and Bacoso, great stuff :)

Art Simon said...

Wow, this swings hard! You made my day, wonderful album. Thanks Bacoso!

幾天 said...

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zeesmd said...

I got this CD on ebay 2 years ago for $18. I am glad I did. It frequently gets played in our house. It is nice of you to make it available to music lovers as it is indeed a rare gem.
I reviewed it for allaboutjazz.com
http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=25786

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taro nombei said...

brilliant indeed.
many thanks chazz — and bacoso.

MrBill said...

Thanks to Chazz for coming up with this one. I'm a little familiar with Slinger but not the others. What a treat to be introduced to fine musicians like these!

Bacoso said...

http://rs509.rapidshare.com/files/316478516/The_Diamond_Five-Finally_After_Forty_Years.zip

Rip from Chazz

Jonne said...

Wonderful! Reminds me a little of Jazz Quintet 60. Thanks for sharing!

wouter said...

as a dutchman, let me thank you and chazz profusely for these gems!

Philo said...

Diamond five - Brilliant (1964)

It is a shame they didn't record more. This is very enjoyable music.

These guys swing!

Aux Port Modulators said...

Absolutely beautiful! Im learning a lot!!

chano said...

Thanks, wonderful new music!

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stuart said...

great stuff

Jay said...

Great post!! tahnks for sharing, keep our good work going. Keep it up. Great stuff...
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tom said...

Since the RS links seem to be down, you might be interested in this link that worked nicely for me:
http://www.mediafire.com/?4oj1fszohc3q3d4

akhdyo said...

Thanks Chazz & Bacoso. Never heard of this band.
Excellent post!
foto

abby said...

Thanks for the mediafire link...I would have missed this, and it is fantastic.

Thanks for the information on this, Bacoso.

Merci.

a.

Fallen Angel said...

I wonder if you could re-up this nice piece of European jazz...?

makuma said...

Slept on this one too, any new link someone?

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