Sunday, March 22, 2015

Ekseption - 1969 - Ekseption


01. The 5th (3:21)
02. Dharma for One (3:25)
03. Little X Plus (2:33)
04. Sabre Dance (4:35)
05. AIR (2:50)
06. Ritual fire dance (2:15)
07. Rapsody in Blue (3:39)
08. This here (4:10)
09. Dance Macabre Opus 40 (2:20)
10. Canvas (2:25)

- Rob Kruisman / saxophones, flute, guitar, vocals
- Rick van der Linden / piano, organ, dulcimer
- Rein van den Broek / trumpet
- Cor Dekker / bass guitar
- Peter de Leeuwe / drums, vocals
- Huib van Kampen / guitar, Tenor saxophone

EKSEPTION is a Dutch band that was famous during the late sixties/early seventies for the way it combined themes from classical composers with contemporary rock and jazz in a blend of dominating, virtuoso keys and trumpet plus sax(es). The story of EKSEPTION as we know it begins when they won the first prize at the Loosdrecht Jazz Festival in 1968, and they were rewarded with a record contract with Philips. At the suggestion of Rick van der LINDEN, the band?s keyboard player, they decided to record rock versions of Beethoven?s ?Fifth? and Khachaturian?s ?Sabre Dance?. Although initially the single with ?The Fifth? did not catch on, three months after it was released suddenly it began to sell like hotcakes, and the basis for the now famous EKSEPTION formula was
established: a cocktail of classical music with (symphonic) rock and jazz. Following the success of the single, their first album was recorded, which contained a mix of covers, classical themes in a rock/jazz setting, and one song written by the band.

Original Dutch album cover.

This is the debut album of Ekseption, where Rick van der Linden (reknown for his virtuosity on the keys) presents the formula that was to make Ekseption one of the most successful Dutch bands of it's time: mixing classical music with rock and Jazz. Thus the 5th of Beethoven, Khachaturian's sabre dance, Bach's famous Air, De Falla's ritual fire dance, Gershwin's rhapsody and Saint-saens's Dance macabre are mixed with Jazz and rock influences in the famous unique cocktail that was so characteristic of Ekseption: the dominant keys of Rick on piano, Hammond and synth together with trumpet and sax, supported by Cor Dekker's skillful bass playing and Peter de Leeuwe on drums. Besides the classical reworkings you will also find three covers from other rock artists as well as one composition written by the band. The quality of the audio is typical of the late sixties: 'limited', compared to today's recording technology. It's an album of a band just starting out with their own unique formula that was to be at the foundation of their success.

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