Ekseption

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Ekseption
Voor De Vuist Weg 1971-02-26 - Ekseption.jpg
Ekseption performing on Dutch tv show Voor de vuist weg in 1971
Background information
Origin Haarlem, Netherlands
Genres Progressive rock
classical crossover
Years active 1967–1989
Labels Philips Records
Ariola Records
Carrere Records
Associated acts Spin
Trace
Past members Personnel

Ekseption was a Dutch rock band active from 1967 to 1989, playing mostly-instrumental progressive rock and classical rock. The central character in the changing list of members, the only band member present on every album, was conservatory-trained trumpeter Rein van den Broek. The band knew some commercial success in the 1970s, having Dutch top ten hit singles with their adaptations of Beethoven's "Fifth" and Bach's (Celebrated) "Air." The second album, "Beggar Julia's Time Trip" (1969), won the Dutch Edison Award for album of the year, and the first five albums all went gold.

History[edit]

Ekseption grew out of the high-school band The Jokers, which van den Broek formed in 1958. They changed their name to The Incrowd (after the Ramsey Lewis song) before discovering that name was already taken. Finally they settled on the name Ekseption (Dutch spelling) in 1967. The group played jazz, pop and R&B covers, but in 1969, shortly after keyboardist Rick van der Linden joined, they were impressed by a gig of The Nice, and van der Linden decided to concentrate on producing classical rock, modern re-interpretations of classical works for rock band. Most of their subsequent albums contain both original songs and re-interpreted classical pieces.

Van der Linden left the group in late 1973 to form Trace, during which time he was replaced by Dutch keyboardist Hans Jansen. Jansen took the band in a jazzier direction, with two LPs of original compositions, but lackluster sales caused the band to break up in 1976.[1] An offshoot band, named Spin, formed later that year and released two more albums, but success also eluded them.[2] In 1978 Trace and Spin merged to become Ekseption once again.[3] Periodic reunions (with new members) appeared until van der Linden's death in 2006.

Personnel[edit]

  • Rein van den Broek - trumpet, flugelhorn (1967-1989)
  • Rick van der Linden - keyboards (1969–1973, 1978–1981)
  • Cor Dekker - bass guitar (1969–1975)
  • Peter de Leeuwe - drums, vocal (1969, 1971–1972)
  • Rob Kruisman - saxophones, flute, vocal (1969)
  • Huib van Kampen - solo guitar, tenor sax (1969)
  • Dennis Whitbread (also Withbread - real name Dennis Witbraad) - drums (1970)
  • Dick Remelink - saxophones, flutes (1970–1972)
  • Michel van Dijk - vocals (1970)
  • Linda van Dyck - vocals (1970)
  • Erik van Lier - trombone, tuba (1970)
  • Tony Vos - saxophones, production (1969–1971)
  • Steve Allet (real name Koen Merkelbach) - vocals (1970)
  • Jan Vennik - saxophones, flute (1973–1979)
  • Pieter Voogt - drums (1973–1975)
  • Hans Jansen (real name Johannes J. Jansen) - keyboards (1974–1977)[4]
  • Hans Hollestelle - guitar (1974–1976)
  • Max Werner - drums (1981)
  • Johan Slager - bass, guitar (1981)
  • Jan Hollestelle - bass, synthesizers, cello (1976)
  • Frans Muys van de Moer - bass (1989–1993)
  • Cees Kranenburg - drums, percussion (1976)
Spin (1976-1977)
  • Rein van den Broek - trumpet
  • Jan Vennik - sax, flute
  • Hans Jansen - keyboards
  • Hans Hollestelle - guitar
  • Kees Kranenburg - drums
  • Jan Hollestelle - bass

Discography[edit]

Ekseption (1969)[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "The 5th" (Ludwig van Beethoven) 3:23
2. "Dharma For One" (I. Anderson, C. Bunker) 3:28
3. "Little x plus" (Ekseption) 3:31
4. "Sabre dance" (Aram Khachaturian) 3:46
5. "Air" (J.S. Bach) 2:50
6. "Ritual firedance" (Manuel de Falla) 2:15
7. "Rhapsody in blue" (George Gershwin) 4:00
8. "This here" (Bobby Timmons, Jon Hendricks) 4:12
9. "Dance macabre opus 40" (Camille Saint-Saëns) 2:21
10. "Canvas" (Brian Bennett) 2:28

Beggar Julia's Time Trip (1970)[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Ouverture" (R. van der Linden) 3:22
2. "Prologue" (R. van der Linden, L. van Dijck) 2:21
3. "Julia" (R. van der Linden, M. van Dijk) 2:21
4. "Flying power" (R. van der Linden) 0:31
5. "Adagio" (Tomaso Albinoni, Remo Giazotto) 3:45
6. "Space I" (J.S. Bach) 0:44
7. "Italian concerto" (J.S. Bach) 4:59
8. "Concerto" (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky) 3:52
9. "Space II" (R. van der Linden) 0:26
10. "Pop giant" (R. van der Linden, M. van Dijk) 3:54
11. "Space III" (R. van der Linden) 0:22
12. "Feelings" (R. van der Linden) 3:09
13. "Epilogue" (R. van der Linden, L. van Dijck) 0:57
14. "Finale (a) Music for mind (b) Theme Julia" (R. van der Linden, M. van Dijk) 3:55

Ekseption 3 (1970)[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Peace planet" (J.S. Bach) 3:32
2. "B 612" (R. van der Linden, W. Luikinga) 4:08
3. "Morning rose" (R. van der Linden, W. Luikinga) 3:04
4. "Piece for symphonic and rock group in A minor (a) Part one: Passacaglia (b) Part two: Painting" (R. van der Linden, W. Luikinga) 5:53
5. "The lamplighter" (J.S. Bach) 3:01
6. "Bottle mind" (R. van der Linden) 2:45
7. "On sunday they will kill the world" (S. Rachmaninoff, W. Luikinga) 3:26
8. "Another history" (R. van der Linden, M. van Dijk) 4:37
9. "Rondo" (L. van Beethoven) 5:25

Ekseption 00.04 (1971)[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Ave Maria" (J.S. Bach, Charles Gounod) 2:34
2. "Body party" (R. van der Linden) 3:32
3. "Monlope" (Jimmy Smith, R. van der Linden) 4:58
4. "Monkey dance" (R. van der Linden) 2:41
5. "Choral" (R. van der Linden) 4:02
6. "Partita No. 2 in C minor" (J.S. Bach) 5:45
7. "Piccadilly sweet" (R. van der Linden) 13:27

Ekseption 5 (1972)[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Introduction" (L. van Beethoven) 0:35
2. "Siciliano (Siciliano from Sonata for flute and harpsichord in E, BWV 1031)" (J.S. Bach) 3:20
3. "Vivace (Allegro from Concerto for violin and strings in A min, BWV 1041)" (J.S. Bach) 5:16
4. "For example / For sure" (Keith Emerson, R. van der Linden (credited solely to Emerson on later CD editions)) 9:03
5. "Virginal" (R. van der Linden) 4:30
6. "A la turka (Alla Turca from Piano Sonata no.11 in A, K.331)" (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) 2:26
7. "Midbar session" (R. van der Linden) 10:03
8. "Pie" (R. van der Linden) 1:30
9. "My son" (R. van der Linden) 5:12
10. "Finale" (L. van Beethoven) 3:40

Trinity (1973)[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Toccata" (J.S. Bach) 5:16
2. "The peruvian flute" (Traditional) 8:04
3. "Dreams" (Tony Vos) 1:32
4. "Smile" (R. van der Linden) 2:53
5. "Lonely chase" (R. van der Linden) 3:10
6. "Romance" (L. van Beethoven) 3:30
7. "Improvisation" (R. van der Linden) 9:01
8. "Meddle" (R. van der Linden) 1:07
9. "Flight of the bumble bee" (Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov) 3:22
10. "Finale III" (R. van der Linden) 2:50

Bingo (1974)[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "From Ekseption" (H. Jansen, J. Vennik) 9:05
2. "Nightwalk" (J. Vennik) 3:45
3. "Smokey sunset" (H. Jansen) 5:11
4. "De fietser" (J. Vennik) 1:51
5. "Sabre dance" (Aram Khachaturian) 2:56
6. "Brother rabbit" (R. van den Broek) 3:26
7. "Sunny revival" (H. Jansen, J. Vennik) 3:50
8. "The death of Ase" (Edvard Grieg) 2:20
9. "Bingo-bingo" (H. Jansen, J. Vennik) 6:40

Mindmirror (1975)[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Pick Up the Pieces" (R. Ball, H. Stuart, A. Gorie, M. Duncan, R. McIntosh) 6:05
2. "Bourree" (J.S. Bach) 3:14
3. "Tramontane" (Piet Souer) 4:17
4. "Electric swamp" (H. Hollestelle) 4:04
5. "Ramses" (Ramses Shaffy) 1:00
6. "Mindmirror" (J. Vennik, H. Jansen) 17:28

Back to the Classics (1976)[edit]

Note: This is the only Ekseption album which does not list personnel. Instead the liner notes say, "The pieces were recorded by musicians who were with EKSEPTION between 1969 and 1975, joined by Holland's best session musicians to replace those members who had to be excluded because of contractual obligations". Since at this time all of the principals were busy with Trace or Spin, it seems likely that this album was put together without the band's permission, or at the very least as a contractual obligation album, by Philips executives intending to trade on the name and style of the old Ekseption.

No. Title Length
1. "Sonata in F" (Antonio Vivaldi) 5:20
2. "Ave Maria" (Franz Schubert) 4:53
3. "Eine kleine Nachtmusik (Serenade nr. 13 in G K.525)" (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) 4:13
4. "Clarinet concerto in A" (W.A. Mozart) 4:25
5. "Violin concerto in E minor, Op.64" (Felix Mendelssohn) 5:00
6. "Have mercy on me (Erbarme Dich)" (J.S.Bach) 6:57
7. "Flute sonata nr.5 in F" (George Frideric Händel) 4:53
8. "Theme from Abdelazer" (Henry Purcell) 3:58
9. "The Moldau (Ma Vlast)" (Bedřich Smetana) 6:51

Spin (as Spin, 1976)[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Grasshopper"    
2. "Spinning"    
3. "Excenter"    
4. "Sea and Seasons"    
5. "Little bitch"    
6. "Sunday afternoon's dream"    
7. "Flat tyre"    
8. "Beautiful Queenie"    

Whirlwind (as Spin, 1977)[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Tarantula"    
2. "Baby's delight"    
4. "Telegraphcanyon-roadrunner"    
5. "Super B"    
6. "Yellow kites"    
7. "You're a clown"    
8. "T-Ford two"    

Ekseption '78 (1978)[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Again" (J.S. Bach) 2:22
2. "Your home" (R. van der Linden) 4:47
3. "Wild flower" (R. van der Linden, R. van den Broek) 3:17
4. "Signal" (R. van der Linden, R. van den Broek) 4:10
5. "Pearl" (G. F. Händel) 2:22
6. "Thoughts" (R. van den Broek) 3:53
7. "Summertime" (G. Gershwin) 2:20
8. "Nocturne" (J.S. Bach) 3:35
9. "Impromptu" (F. Schubert) 2:48
10. "The cat" (Lalo Schiffrin) 3:19
11. "Jesu joy" (J.S. Bach) 3:02
12. "Faith" (R. van der Linden) 3:21

Dance Macabre (1981)[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "The Fifth Symphony" (L. van Beethoven) 3:02
2. "Italian Concerto" (J.S. Bach) 2:50
3. "Air" (J.S. Bach) 4:07
4. "Rhapsody In Blue" (G. Gershwin) 4:06
5. "Peace Planet" (J.S. Bach) 3:26
6. "Sabre Dance" (A. Khatchaturian) 4:06
7. "Concerto" (P.I Tchaikowsky) 4:06
8. "Danse De Feu" (M. De Falla) 2:46
9. "Adagio" (A. Albinoni, R. Giazotto) 3:40
10. "Dance Macabre" (C. Saint-Saëns) 2:20
11. "Haydn" (J. Haydn) 2:51
12. "Conchorus" (R. van der Linden) 4:45

Ekseption '89 (1989)[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Spooky" (Ludwig van Beethoven) 3:35
2. "Ekseptional" (J.S. Bach) 3:30
3. "Pure" (J.S. Bach) 3:35
4. "Air" (J.S. Bach) 4:07
5. "Flying fingers" (R. Korsakov) 3:59
6. "Happiness" (F. Schubert) 2:44
7. "The artists" (J.S. Bach) 3:02
8. "Haydn" (Joseph Haydn) 3:05
9. "Just for you" (G.F. Händel) 2:28
10. "Drawbars" (J.S. Bach) 2:52
11. "Jola" (G.F. Händel) 5:04
12. "The Fifth" (L. van Beethoven) 3:17
13. "Marlene" (F. Schubert) 3:23
14. "Peace planet" (J.S. Bach) 3:29
15. "Harmony" (J.S. Bach) 2:39
16. "A believe (Jesu, joy of man's desiring)" (J.S. Bach) 3:07
17. "My pianoman" (J.S. Bach) 2:38

Compilations, live albums, reunion albums[edit]

  • Ekseptional Classics - the Best of Ekseption (1973)
  • Ekseption Witte Album
  • Motive
  • Greatest Hits - Classics (1975)
  • Best of Ekseption
  • Classic in Pop
  • Pop Lions
  • Reflection (1976)
  • Ekseption Live at Idssteiner Schloss (1978)
  • Past and Present (1983)
  • Ekseption Plays Bach (1989)
  • Greatest Hits (1990)
  • With Love From Ekseption (1993)[5]
  • The 5th: Greatest Hits (1998)
  • The Reunion (1994, live)[6]
  • Selected Ekseption (1999)
  • With a smile (2000)
  • Air (2001)
  • The Best from Classics (2001)
  • The Best of Ekseption (2002)
  • The Universal Master Collection (2003)
  • Live in Germany (2003)
  • 3 Originals (2004)
  • Rick van der Linden: An Ekseptional Trace (2007)
  • The Last Live Concert Tapes (2009)
  • Hollands Glorie (2009)
  • The Story of Ekseption (DVD, PAL format, 2010)

See also[edit]

References[edit]