Chris Hinze, Lala Kovacev, Sigi Schwab + Eberhard Weber – Wide and Blue (1978)

FrontCover1Branislav Lala Kovačev (Serbian Cyrillic: Бранислав „Лала“ Ковачев; November 19, 1939 in Kikinda, Serbia – September 2, 2012 in Hvar, Croatia) was a Yugoslavian-Serbian jazz musician, drummer, bandleader and composer. Widely considered a key figure in the history of Balkan Ethno jazz. As a leader of European Jazz Consensus, International Jazz Consensus and Lala Kovacev Group, he developed a distinguished fusion style by integrating complex rhythmic structures from Balkan folk music into jazz.

He showed interest in music at a young age, playing trumpet first and soon turning to drums. Largely self-taught, Lala Kovačev began his professional career as a member of the Dixieland Ensemble Dinamo when he was 17, and within two years he became the youngest member of the Radio Belgrade Jazz Orchestra led by Vojislav Simić. He moved to Germany in the mid-1960s and spent six years performing with Horst Jankowski internationally. From 1974 to 1975 he played with Max Greger in Munich and with the North German Radio Orchestra in Hanover. During this period he was collaborating with Chick Corea, Hans Koller, Albert Mangelsdorff, Wolfgang Dauner, Alan Skidmore, Boško Petrović, Michal Urbaniak, Duško Gojković and Benny Bailey.

In the early-1970s Kovačev formed European Jazz Consensus with Alan Skidmore, Gerd Dudek and Adelhard Roidinger. This avant-garde jazz group released two albums: Four for Slavia (1977) and Morning Rise (1977). International Jazz Consensus came as continuation of the first quartet and released one album Beak To Beak (1981) featuring Allan Praskin, Adelhard Roidinger and John Thomas. Lala Kovacev Group was created following year and released three albums: Balkan Impressions (1982), Balkan Impressions Vol.2 (1983) and Izvorni Folklor i Jazz (1985) (by wikipedia)

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Is it possible to get tired of virtuoso flautist Chris Hinze? Not for me… here is an outing from 1976 featuring the amazing guitarist Sigi we have seen before, Eberhard Weber performing his customary ECM-style electric bass smooth melodiousness, and Lala Kovacev on percussion. Oddly enough most of the compositions are from Mladen Gunesha, with only the 5th track (sampled here below) by Hinze. The former is not a name familiar to me though I note he has a german wikipedia entry, he is clearly a european composer and arranger from former yugoslavia. (by an unknown person)

In other words: Another hightlight in this blog !

Recorded February 1976 at Studio Barbarossa Munich

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Chris Hinze (flute)
Lala Kovacev (drums, percussion)
Sigi Schwab (guitar)
Eberhard Weber (bass)



01. Danielle (Kovacev) 5.50
02. Fatima (Kovacev) 7.05
03. Wide And Blue (Kovacev) 6.25
04. Tales From Nowhere (Kovacev) 10.30
05. Thanks For Being Being (Hinze) 5.05
06. Do It Nice For Me (Kovacev) 5.35



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(November 19, 1939 in Kikinda, Serbia – September 2, 2012 in Hvar, Croatia)

Chris Hinze Combination – Virgin Sacrifice (1972)

FrontCover1Christiaan 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. (by wikipedia)


This is music that was composed by Chris Hinze for a TV-series on the subject of archeology called Digging for the Past.

Because of the request of a lot of viewers, it was decided to compile this album. The sound is mostly directed in the new-age, soundtrack style with moments of jazz-rock/fusion such as The First Wheel and Bamboo Feelings among others.

And this is another hightlight in the career of the great Chris Hinze … listen and enjoy !

Chris Hinze 1972

Gerry Brown (drums, percussion)
Chris Hinze (flute, organ)
John Lee (bass)
Wim Stolwijk (piano, spinet)
Louis van Dyke (piano)
Roger Cooke (bass)


01. Roman Frescoes 4.04
02. Virgin’s Sacrifice 3.33
03. A Collection Of Potsherd 3.27
04. The Viking Ships Of Roskilde 2.37
05. Oak-Leaf 4.30
06. Statuettes Of Children 2.16
07. The Rune-Stone Of Haitabu 2.59
08. The First Wheel 2.41
09. The Shifting Sands Of Mantinge 3.36
10. Eros & Psyche 3.05
11. Frisian Mounds 3.46
12. Cult-Bowl 3.01
13. Bamboo Feelings 1.45

Music composed by Chris Hinze



Charlie Mariano + Chris Hinze – Blue Stone (1971)

CDFrontCover1Charlie Mariano, who gained his initial fame for playing bop and cool jazz in the 1950s, by the early ’70s was exploring a mixture of world music and funk/R&B. This interesting but now somewhat dated CD reissue finds Mariano switching between alto, soprano, flute and the nagasuram in a quintet with flutist Chris Hinze and a European rhythm section that explores three Mariano originals (including the previously unreleased 18½-minute “Blue Stone”), a piece by Hinze and a traditional South Indian folk song. The moody music contains plenty of intriguing colors and some surprising moments. (by Scott Yanow)

FrontCoverReleased on LP 1973 by Freedom/Intercord 28 460 4 U

Jimm Chaaperoe (drums)
Roger Cooke (bass)
Chris Hinze (flute, piano)
Charlie Mariano (saxophones, flute)

01. Lullaby For Dewi (Hinze) 9.42
02. Mirror Of Your Mind (Mariano) 7.37
03. Blue Stone (bonus track)  (Mariano) 18.27
04. Traditional South Indian Kirtanam (Traditional) 6.32
05. Lassana Lamaya (Beautiful Child) (Mariano) 11.31


Chris Hinze – Bach Meets Jazz (1999)

ChrisHinzeFrontCover1Chris Hinze was born in Hilversum, in the Netherlands. He began his musical studies on the piano at the age of 12. After working as a pianist all over Europe for several years, he returned to Holland and entered the Royal Conservatory in The Hague to study the flute. Around that time he met bass player Dick van der Capellen and together with Cees See/Martin van Duinhoven, they formed the ‘Dick van der Capellen trio’. (‘The Present is Past’). After getting his degree at the Royal Conservatory in 1969, Chris won a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston to study composition and arranging. Whilst at Berklee, he started to produce his unique Baroque/Jazz albums ‘Telemann my Way’, ‘Vivat Vivaldi’ etc. He also founded the ‘Chris Hinze Combination’.
He has performed with many well-known musicians, such as reggae legend Peter Tosh in Jamaica (where Hinze’s CD Kings of Reggae was recorded), the great producer Michael Gibbs in London, and The Brecker Brothers in the USA. He has played with fellow flautists James Moody, Paul Horn, Raghunath Seth, Herbie Mann and Don Burrows at major international festivals. Many of these performances were recorded.

And this is one of his excellent interpretations of the genius music of mastermind Johann Sabastian Bach.

Louis van Dijk (piano)
Jan Goudswaard (drums, percussion)
Chris Hinze (flute)
unknown orchestra

01. Badinerie 2.46
02. Largo 3.52
03. Gavotte 3.18
04. Allegro 5.06
05. Schafe können sicher weiden 5:22
06. So ist mein Jesus nun gefangen 4.28
07. Menuet 2.44
08. Air 3.09
09. Double 2.36
10. Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder 5-33
11. Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme 4.57
12. O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden 5.15
13. Sarabande 2.11
14. Allegro (Bach) 3.58
15. Ich folge dir gleichfalls mit freudigen Schritten 3.53
16. Siciliano 3.33

Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach