Nico Gomez and His Orchestra- Fiesta Braziliana 2

Here is another record that I bought last November when I was in Amsterdam.  It was one Euro. At the time of this writing, I am having a fierce internal debate as to whether I should go back to Amsterdam this year for vacation.  God knows I need it.  Money is tight though.  Well, I am sure by the time you read this, I will have already made up my mind as to if I am going or not.  

This record comes from one Joseph van het Groenewoud, born in Amsterdam in 1925 and resettled in Belgium in 1947.  He was active in the 1950’s thru the 1970’s, mostly in latin flavored jazz.  He recorded a slew of records under the alias Nico Gomez as well as a couple under Peter Loland.  He would pass in 1992 but his son, Raymond, became a famous Belgian musician in his own right.

This record by its title, would imply that this is Brazilian music.  I tend to disagree. The titles and the music would imply more of a Mexican sound.  Perhaps there is not much differentiation in styles when you are in Europe, but in this hemisphere, it is pretty noticeable.  But overall, it is still a good little album. 

For a sample, I went with “La Bamba” which is a Mexican standard.

Decent record.  I was hoping for something more Brazilian in nature, but the price is still right for the music. Satisfactory.

Afternoon in Amsterdam

This was one dollar.  I have been holding on to it for some time meaning to tie it in to Amsterdam. A couple months back, flights were $500 or so.  When I looked last month, they were $1,300 but I need to make sure I have the right dates.  Really want to go in December for the Lights on the Canals Festival, but it is not the most fiscally prudent thing to do at this time.

But when I do go, I occasionally see these large organ type machines this album is showcasing, usually on the street mentioned on this album, on Kalverstraat just south of Dam Square.  Big, colorful, and with many moving parts, these things called Gavioli Draaiorgel Jupiter on this record, have been pretty noticeable while I was there.  Yet I do not have a picture of one.  Funny that.

Well, I now have a record of it from Capitol Record’s International series.  Released in 1956, this is record is a collection of tunes grouped by categories. There are songs of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Tangos, waltzes, marches, and Dutch South African songs among others.  It is an ok little album that sounds just like you would imagine.

For a sample, I decided to go with a trio of songs about Dutch towns, “Just Give Me Amsterdam”, “My Own Rotterdam”, and “There is Only One Den Haag”.

Decent album.  Satisfactory.  I mean if you bought it thinking it would sound any different, shame on you.  As far as going there this year, we shall see. I have always said where there is a will, there is a way.

VA-Daverende Dertien de Holandse Hits van Nu

Keeping this week’s theme of records I bought whilst in Amsterdam, I have this sampler that I got for 1 Euro.  I wanted to get a sampler of local music and this looked like the best bet in the bins. The Super Bowl is starting to descend on Houston, where I live.  Starting to pick up at work as a result and as usual, the blog suffers slightly.

I am guessing this is a compilation of hit songs in Holland from 1982.  There is a cross section of songs from different pop artists including Harry Klorkestein, Tineke Schouten, Angelique, Bloem, Hans can Linge, Andre van Duin, De Kleintjes Pils Band, De Tennisballen, and Tante Ali. Hope you had as much fun reading this as I did typing it. Pretty much 80’s Euro-pop in the Dutch language.  I thought it was an interesting album enough.

I picked three samples.  First, from the band Highway, we have “Kiddy Kiddy Kiss Me”.  Hailing from Kaatsheuvel, this was their biggest hit.  They were known for also singing songs in English and their instrumental numbers.

Next, is “Ik Ben Met Katootje” from Rubberen Robbie, a band from Leiden who first hit big with a compilation/parody song of popular Dutch music of the time. The band formed from the ashes of Catapult, a glam rock outfit of the 1970’s.  They also remain popular today.  I thought this song was slightly childish and is perhaps why I like it. After a bit more research, this is a chain song from a Dutch TV show.  It translates into ” I am with Katooje”. The lead of the story, Katooje, is in the butter market and is imagining people out of the butter.   The song then follows these people’s responses in a chain fashion, Want to learn more?  Than hit the link below.

Dutch Wiki Page on this song

Finally, here is a cut from what may be the best name on this album:  Bob Barbeque / Willy Would Be & Agaath.  Here is their song “Bla Bla Bla” which is greatly derivative from the German group Trio’s “Da Da Da”.

I liked this album.  Much different from American music of the same time, but I found it interesting.  Satisfactory.

Dolf van der Linden- Dutch Sax

dscn6186This was one dollar.  I have owned this and have been trying to post this for the last year and a half but for some reason or another, it always gets pulled from the rotation at the last minute.  Well, no time like the present.dscn6449

This record gives me a good transition into talking about my vacation that I took two weeks ago,  Went to Amsterdam.  It had been two years since I went last.  I was kind of on the fence about going and truthfully, I was still questioning the decision two days into my trip.  However, I wanted to stay somewhat familiar with the city and if I did not go, it would be another two years or so for the next trip. By the end of the trip, I was pretty glad I went.dscn6541

Weather was awful but bearable.  Spent a lot of time at old places I like to go to.  I also went to places where I have not been for a while.  Spent many of the days down in Rembrantplein.  Also spent a good amount of time at Vondelpark, Oosterark, Waterlooplein, Rozengratch, Museumplein, and the northeast area by Prins Hendikkade area.  I spent the nights mostly around the Dam City Center.  I went to one art exhibition, the swap meet, and the zoo among other places.dolph

This album is led by Dolf van der Linden, a popular orchestra leader born in Vlaardingen, Netherlands in 1915.  He was well known in his country wit some significant recognition throughout Europe.  Known for his arrangements of popular music, he died in 1999 at the age of 83.  wwwopac

The alto sax solos were performed by Cees Verschoor.  I do not know anything about him and for some reason was less inclined to do much research on the subject today.  As far as the record goes, it is lush orchestration.  Six Duke Ellington songs grace this album. I liked this the first time I listened to it. Not so much the second time.  For some reason, the third time was a bit better. Other than being done by Dutch musicians, there is not much Dutch about this record.  As far as music goes, it is pretty American sounding.dscn6187

For a sample, I was torn between “Passion Flower”, “Passionata” and “All Too Soon”.  For some reason, I went with “Passion Flower”.metropole-orkest-dolf-van-der-linden-002

As far as this record goes, meh.  A bit too slow for my liking.