Christiaan Herbert “Chris” Hinze (born June 30, 1938, Hilversum) is a Dutch jazz and New Age flautist.
Hinze initially performed publicly as a pianist until the mid-1960s, when he began studying flute at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and then at Berklee College of Music. As a pianist, he played with Boy Edgar until 1966, but by 1967 was playing flute professionally with the bassist Dick van der Capellen. His first releases as a leader were issued in 1969, and in 1970, Hinze was awarded the Best Soloist prize at the Montreux Jazz Festival. In the 1970s, he formed his own ensemble, the Chris Hinze Combination, which included players such as Gerry Brown and John Lee, and which saw some success with arrangements of Baroque music in a jazz setting. He also founded the record label Keytone Records in the mid-1970s.
In the 1980s, Hinze played for several years in a duo with Sigi Schwab and continued touring with a new version of his Combination. He began studying the music of Tibet and South Asia in the middle of the decade, forming a world music ensemble which shifted toward more New Age and electronic music styles rather than jazz. (wikipedia)
And here´s is one of his numerous albums with his unique kind of world music.
This is the third Ethno/World Music album of the Chris Hinze Combination. Whereas the music in Saliah and Nazali consists more of musicians improvising on African themes, on this CD it reached a complete integration. More clear-cut song material with more of a pop-sound. Lovely ballads by Lelo M’Bachi, alternating with sparkling flute solos by Chris Hinze make it a very accessible production. (press release)
It´s time to discover Chris Hinze, one of the finest musician from the Netherlands !
Chris Hinze (flute, synthesizer)
Lesley Joseph (bass)
Jojo Kuo (drums)
Lelo M’Batchi (percussion, vocals)
Kier van der Werf (guitar)
Lex Bolderdijk (guitar)
Clementine Bitsindou – Francine Boumpoutou – Michel Tsiakaka
01. Flying Nuns 3:18
A2 Lost Traces 6:31
A3 Karate Dé 4:37
A4 Child 3:57
A5 Polonaise 3:49
B1 The Hunter 5:04
B2 Dunes 6:43
B3 Koto 5:01
B4 Gurka 5:07
Music composed by Chris Hinze