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                                               Leo Bennink & The Jumping Jewels

 

    Barry Hay (Golden Earring) & Dihl Bennink (Tee-Set) 07 - 10 - 07  Rijswijk

  LEO BENNINK : GOOD TIMES LOVER

                                                                         

 
2007 CD GOOD TIMES LOVER ( R&B )
Good Times Lover/  Layla Heavenly / Summer In Portimao     
After Rain Comes Sunshine/ It's Gonna Be Allright/ Reach For Reality    My Love/ Love Lady/ California Dreaming / Beehive / Timeless 
Mr.Funk/ Living In The City /Beating It Up / The Nighthawk/                
Stand Up /Get Out Of My Life /Fiesta De Flamenco  
  
    
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  THE BLACK ALBINOS : INDIAN SUMMER

2007 CD  Indian Summer.
TRACKS: Bo express /  the freebooter /America / Music is my love / Kanika / Waterfall  / Kilimanjaro / Sayonnara  / Tarranera / Indiansummer / Pipita / Bad news /Emel  /   Summer in potimao / Eternal spring / Spudnik / Red peach / La vietta / Chantal / Kota-inten  /         
 
 
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                                         Motions 1969                                  The  Black Albinos:Recording:                            way down yonder in new orleans 1999

 

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                                                          THE BLACK ALBINOS

Omschrijving: Het was najaar 1960 toen sologitarist Joop van Heusden zijn gitaarcombo THE BLACK ALBINOS aan de Haagse Wenckebachstraat in de wijk Laakkwartier formeerde met Martin de Roo (drums), Paul van de Voort Maarschalk (slaggitaar) en zanger Joop Jonkers (artiestennaam Dean Holley). Tevens maakten in die beginperiode bassist Lody Bergsma en gitarist Hans Schoots deel uit van de band. Hans verliet de groep in 1962. De originele succesformatie ontstond toen bassist Simon Lardenoy (ex- The Specials) zich als vervanger van Lody Bergsma bij de BLACK ALBINO'S aansloot. Omdat Joop opvallend blond haar had en zijn vier collega musici zwart gekuifd rondliepen kwam men tot de allesdekkende, maar tevens zeer curieuze klinkende naam BLACK ALBINOS. Als mascotte van de band kwamen later een zwart en een wit konijntje (albino!) in beeld op hun promotiemateriaal. Het ensemble trad o.a. op in de Rembrandt bioscoop, tijdens het voorprogramma van een concert van The Crazy Rockers. Hun sterk samenspel gedurende anderhalf jaar werd in 1962 beloond met een platencontract voor het DELTA label van platenbaas Hans Kellerman. Joop van Heusden is nog in het bezit van een zelfgemaakte demo tape uit 1962 (zie de discografie voor de details). Drie instrumentals werden ook daadwerkelijk in de studio opgenomen en uniek zijn de vokale tracks met zanger Dean Holley Op DELTA (DS1046) verscheen de eerste single met op de A-kant Shish Kebab een pittige bewerking van de populaire 'harem belly dance' instrumental van Ralph Marterie uit 1957. De B-kant bleek echter door de tijd hun meest gewaarde bijdrage aan de popgeschiedenis. De vondsten in het arrangement van St. Louis Blues, tezamen met de opvallende echo-installatie zorgde voor een zeer origineel en pittige uitvoering. Eind 1962 verscheen nog een 2e single op DELTA (DS 1055) en evenals hun eerste waren zowel de A als B-kant uitschieters onder de gitaar rockers. On The Sunny Side Of The Street was weer zon ijzersterk arrangement, boordevol opwindende echo en een volle sound van het soort dat je heden ten dage nooit meer hoort. De mogelijkheden om met de echo-box (Watkins copycat) om te gaan werden door Joop van Heusden perfect ontwikkeld. Op de B-kant kregen we Ghost Party, een eigen compositie van de groep en hier kwam het volledige scala van effectmogelijkheden uit die dagen op de plaat. Het werd dan ook een juweeltje van begin tot eind en alle effecten werden door de groep gespeeld zonder enige technische ingreep in de opnamestudio. De Engelse cult producer Joe Meek wist met zijn instrumentale acts als Tornadoes, Outlaws, Moontrekkers etc. slechts door gebruikmaking van zeer technische hoogstandjes allerlei ongehoorde geluiden te bereiken. THE BLACK ALBINOS deden het eind 1962 even recht voor zijn raap zonder problemen in de studio. Opnemen in 2-sporen en wegwezen! De opnameleider bij DELTA was Bob Spruijt. De DELTA opnamen van de groep verschenen in Belgi op het NEWTONE label en de eerste single in Duitsland op ARIOLA. Op 19 februari 1963 maakten zij hun radio debuut met een optreden voor de NCRV in het soldatenprogramma Tot Uw Orders van Roel Balten. De muzikale prestatie in de legerplaats Wittenberg (opgenomen in het kamp Stroe), waarin ze ook het Scheveningse zangeresje Ilonka Biluska begeleidden, zorgde tevens voor hun TV debuut in AVROs jongerenrubriek Rooster, waarin DEAN HOLLEY & THE BLACK ALBINOS het nummer Dat Ben Ik een Cliff Richard cover van Itll Be Me brachten. In het voorjaar van 1963 viel de band uiteen en hun reeds opgenomen 3e single voor DELTA met de instrumentals "Greensleeves" / "My Blue Heaven" werd niet meer uitgebracht en bleef tot op heden op de plank liggen.In september 1963 stelde Joop van Heusden een volledig vernieuwde groep samen met zanger Udo de Jong (Udo Young, ex- The Rebel Rockers en later als vervanger van Peter de Wit aka Pee White naar The Magic Strangers), Reyn Rozenberg (drums, ex- RockinSensation Boys, Rebel Rockers) in mei 1964 vervangen door Lodi Wachtel (drs), Dick Hoppe (bas, ex- Defenders), Jan de Jongh (slaggitaar, ex-Defenders) en Jan Konijnenburg (sax, ex- The Red Shadows). Er werd met name vaak opgetreden in "La Gaite". Joop van Heusden moest eind 1964 wegens studieredenen zijn muzikale loopbaan vaarwel zeggen en werd vervangen door Leo Bennink, die zijn drummaatje Leo Kappe uit zijn oude groep THE SPECIAL FIVE meebracht. Op het nieuwe HAVOC label van producers Cees de Man en Frans Mijts verscheen in 1964 hun beat single ShakinAll Over c/w High Heel Sneakers (SH 102). Leo gebruikte in de studio de Fender Jazzmaster van Jan de Jongh ipv zijn eigen Stratocaster. De plaat sloeg goed aan en werd in diverse Europese landen en zelfs in Amerika uitgebracht. De BLACK ALBINOS werden daar echter (vanwege de ongebruikelijke naam) omgedoopt tot THE KINGBEATS. Producer Cees de Man maakte ook de single "Boom Boom" met Jan Cremer (Havoc SH 103). De Engelse groep Tony Knight's Chessmen met saxofonist Lol Coxhill zorgde uiteindelijk voor de begeleiding. Oorspronkelijk zouden echter de BLACK ALBINO'S voor de backing zorgen en er werd ook samen gerepeteerd Begin 1965 kwam de groep nog eenmaal instrumentaal in beeld (HAVOC SH 106), met Spanish Gypsy Dance, een fraaie bewerking van de Spaanse traditional Espana Cani en Hernandos Hideaway. De arrangementen van THE VENTURES worden in het laatste nummer gevolgd en de opvallend sterke baspartij werd evenals de sologitaar door Leo Bennink voor zijn rekening genomen. De band presenteerde zich naar buiten met de z.g. "amor-style". De oom van Leo Bennink was een van de grootste supporters van de band en hij maakte 2 levensgrote konijnen. Een zwarte en een witte (met rode ogen - de albino!), die tijdens optredens links en rechts van THE BLACK ALBINOS werden opgesteld. In de laatste periode van het bestaan van THE BLACK ALBINO'S halen de overblijvende bandleden Jan de Jongh en Dick Hoppe nog de gitarist Will Matla en drummer Bart Terlaak erbij. Na een zeer succesvolle periode viel medio 1966 het doek definitief voor THE BLACK ALBINOS.

 

Dean Holly & The Black Albino's in februari 1963 op TV - in het programma Rooster (AVRO) met It'll Be me. (fotokopie van foto tijdens TV uitzending The Black Albino's kwamen in 1965 uitvoerig aan bod in de muziekkrant Hitwezen. The Black Albino's eind 1964 samen met zanger Jan Cremer op de foto tijdens een repetitie voor de song Boom Boom. vlnr: Leo Bennink, Jan Konijenburg, Dick Hoppe, Jan Cremer, Kees de Man (producer), Jan de Jongh

 

The Black Albinos on stage (1964). vlnr: Dick Hoppe, Leo Bennink, Jan de Jongh, Jan Konijnenburg, Leo Kappé The Black Albinos on stage (1964). vlnr: Dick Hoppe, Leo Bennink,Udo de Jong , Jan de Jongh, Jan Konijnenburg, Leo Kappé The Black Albinos on stage (1965). vlnr: Leo Bennink, Jan de Jongh, Leo Kappé,  Udo de Jong, Dick Hoppe

 

 

 


        THE BLACK ALBINOS

            BEATCLUB SCHEVENINGEN

                               1965

 

             The Black Albino's (1965-1966)
Leo Bennink (sologitaar) ex- René & his Alligators
Jan de Jongh (slaggitaar)
Dick Hoppe (basgitaar)
Jan Konijnenberg (sax) naar Andy Star & The Stripes
Leo Kappé (drums) ex- The Special Five
Udo de Jong aka Udo Young (zang)-

             The Black Albino's (1965-1966)
Leo Bennink (sologitaar) ex- René & his Alligators
Jan de Jongh (slaggitaar)
Dick Hoppe (basgitaar)
Jan Konijnenberg (sax) naar Andy Star & The Stripes
Leo Kappé (drums) ex- The Special Five
Udo de Jong aka Udo Young (zang)-

        The Black Albino's (04.1965 - 09.1966)
LEO BENNINK. (sologitaar)
Jan de Jongh (slaggitaar)
Dick Hoppe (basgitaar)
Jan Konijnenberg (sax)
LEO KAPPE (drums)
Udo de Jong aka Udo Young (zang)
   The Black Albino's (1964 - 1965)
- bezetting Shakin'All Over (HAVOC)
Leo Bennink (sologitaar) ex- René & his Alligators
Jan de Jongh (slaggitaar)
Dick Hoppe (basgitaar)
Jan Konijnenberg (sax) naar Andy Star & The Stripes
Leo Kappé (drums) ex- The Special Five
Udo de Jong aka Udo Young (zang)
            The Black Albino's (1965)
- bezetting Spanish Gypsy Dance (HAVOC)
Leo Bennink (sologitaar) naar Mack
Jan de Jongh (slaggitaar)
Dick Hoppe (basgitaar)
Leo Kappé (drums) naar The Falcons
Udo de Jong aka Udo Young (zang) naar The Magic Strangers

                 The Black Albino's (1965-1966)

                  FOTO BEATCLUB

                  SCHEVENINGEN

 

                The Black Albinos

 

 

                     foto  1965

 

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                                                                            DISCOGRAFIE:
1962 demo tape (Joop van Heusden)
Foot Patter / Violetta / It's A Sin To Tell A Lie / St. Louis Blues / Shish Kebab / On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Dean Holley (vocal): Rave On / Twist Everyvody / Listen To Me / The Hippy Hippy Shake

1962 45 DELTA DS 1046 Shish Kebab / St. Louis blues
1962 45 ARIOLA 10.094 AT Shish Kebab / St. Louis blues (Duitsland)
1962 45 NEWTONE NT 730 Shish Kebab / St. Louis Blues (België)
1962 45 DELTA DS 1055 On The Sunny Side Of The Street / Ghost Party
1962 45 NEWTONE NT 733 On The Side Of The Street / + Belgische studio group (België)
1963 DELTA xxx Greensleeves / My Blue Heaven (niet uitgebracht)
1964 45 HAVOC SH 102 Shakin' All Over (v) / High Heel Sneekers (v) UDO YOUNG

1964 45 HAVOC SH 106 Spanish Gipsy Dance / Hernando's Hideaway


1992 CD RARITY C192461 - COLLECTOR ITEMS VOL.2 - MOSTLY INSTRUMENTAL
On The Sunny Side Of The Street / Ghost Party / Spanish Gipsy Dance / Hernando's Hideaway /

Shakin' All Over (v) / High Heel Sneekers (v) (EMI/Bovema master tapes)

1993 CD RARITY C192473 - ROCK & ROLL FROM HOLLAND Vol.3 INSTRUMENTAL
Shish Kebab / St. Louis Blues (vinyl copy)

1993 CD SAM SAM CDHL 1011 - DE ROCK & ROLL METHODE vol. 1
Shish Kebab (vinyl copy)

1994 CD SAM SAM MUSIC CDHL 1018 - ROCK 'N ROLL METHODE VOL. 8
St. Louis Blues (vinyl copy) / On The Sunny Side Of The Street (master tape)

1996 CD SAM SAM CDHL 3033 - DE ROCK & ROLL METHODE vol. 13
Spanish Gipsy Dance / Hernando's Hideaway (master tapes)

1998 33" vinyl EP eLWeKa Records (privé persing - 100 ex.)
Shakin' All Over (v) / High Heel Sneekers (v) // Spanish Gipsy Dance / Hernando's Hideaway

 

In 1978 gingen de ex- groepsleden Leo Bennink en Leo Kappé in de studio van Leo samen weer aan de slag met het opnemen van een aantal oude instrumentals van o.a. The Ventures. De bedoeling was om dit uit te brengen onder de naam THE BLACK ALBINO'S, het project werd echter niet afgemaakt en alleen het nummer 'Silly Silly' werd door DSR records in 1982 uitgebracht. In november 1996 speelden Leo Bennink en Leo Kappé samen in een gelegenheidsformatie onder de naam THE REBELS. De inspirator van deze band was bassist Hoss van Hardeveld (o.a. ex- Unit Gloria) en ook gitarist Dihl Bennink (o.a. ex- Tee Set en de broer van Leo) was hierbij betrokken. De reacties waren dusdanig, dat Rarity records aan Leo Bennink verzocht om met deze bezetting zelf een CD voor het label te produceren.  Onder de naam THE BLACK ALBINO'S werd in 1997 op het Rarity label de CD "The Warrior" uitgebracht. De CD bestond voor 50% uit eigen composities van Leo Bennink, aangevuld met het materiaal uit 1978. De reacties op deze volledig instrumentale CD was wereldwijd zeer positief. Een vervolg kon niet uitblijven en in 1999 verscheen de CD  "Night Shift" op Rarity met 80% eigen werk van Leo Bennink. Daarna volgden de CD's "The Bogeyman" ( 2000); "Rockin' Rabbit (2001) en "El Cholico" in 2002.

 

The Black Albinos
CD 192547 PLAY THE WARRIOR (fully instrumental CD)

Tracks: Cruel Train, Screen Wiper, Dayan’s Eyepatch, Way Down Yonder In New Orleans, Room Rocker, The Warrior, Okefenokee, Mango, Road Runner, Schwarze Augen, Memphis, Night Train, Needles & Pins, Gandy Dancer, I’ll Never Stop Loving You, Spanish Gypsy Dance, Foot Tapper, Lovesick Blues, Silly Silly, Pipeline (live 1996)

(from PIPELINE #37 – Autumn 1997)

Thanks to Piet Muys’ notes I can reliably inform you that, on these mostly new recordings, The Black Albino’s consist of two members of the mid-sixties version of the band plus three newcomers. The CD really splits into two segments. the first ten tracks were recorded this year, whilst the other nine were cut during the late seventies and early eighties with the final bonus track being a live 1996 recording of Pipeline. The big surprise for me was that The Black Albino’s reckon themselves to be a Ventures based band. This is obviously quite true listening to the earlier recordings on the latter part of this CD because The Ventures’ arrangements of the tunes are all slavishy followed – with the exception of Gandy Dancer which, dare I suggest, may have been too difficult to replicate. However, it is the new recordings of the band which really interest me, because they sound uncannily as I would have imagined The Shadows to have sounded in the late sixties if they had not become so emasculated, or, indeed, as I wished they sounded today.

The drummer here, Leo Kappé, is as solid as Brian Bennett has alway been, while the three guitarists hold a rhythm so tight that I can’t help but think of The Shads of the early sixties. The originals here, mainly from the pen of lead guitarist Leo Bennink, are startlingly good and he seems to me to sound as Hank might have done if he had not become so utterly captured (and ultimately limited) by his own style. This is a tight, hard, instrumental rock band with old crafts and modern stylings – what could be better?

Surprisingly, two of Freddy Cannon’s old tunes – Way Down Yonder In New Orleans and Okefenokee – come off expecially well, mainly thanks to Kappes’ gutsy drumming. Mango has an irresistible rhythm, a sweet, duetted middle-eight, and a catchy refrain, even if it is based on the similarly constructed I’ll Never Stop Loving You – it’s easily the best of their seventies recordings anyway. Schwarze Augen is better known to us as Dark Eyes and is a good excuse for Bennink to show off his considerable speed and dexterity on lead guitar. Do not be pu off by a little lack of flair in the titling department (I mean, Dayan’s Eyepatch?!!), the first segment of this CD will reward you for months to come. and they had the good taste to round things off with Pipeline too! (Dave Burke)

(from THE VENTURES RESURGENCE #49 – September 1997)

Hoss van Hardeveld, the bass player always had a dream to form a Ventures band, and this new release has lots of Ventures-type music. Also the songs composed by the lead guitarist Leo Bennink are cleverly done. You think they are about to play a familiar tune, but it’s completely different. You need to listen then you will know what I mean! I especially liked The Warrior and Gandy Dancer. My thanks to Hoss for the review copy. (Gerry Woodage)

(from GUITAR & DRUMS #62 – October 1997)

Groupe fondé en 1960 et dissout en 1966. Se reforme en 1996 sous la direction de deux fondateurs: Leo Bennink, le soliste et Leo Kappé, le batteur. Ils nous offrent ce très bon CD, harmonieux, avec un répertoire varié truffé de créations comme Cruel Train, Road Runner, Screen Swiper, Dayan’s Eyepatch, The Warrior, Mango, etc….et de reprises toniques comme Memphis, Night Train, Pipeline, Foot Tapper. Vous pouvez acheter les yeux fermés…et les oreilles grandes ouvertes! (Jean Bachelerie)

 

CD 192579 NIGHT SHIFT (fully instrumental CD)

Tracks: Night-Shift / Soul Serenade / Moa Kowada / Pico Rico / The Invader / Black Jack / The Provider / Czardas / T. Bone Rag / Street-Jumper / Locomotive / Okiwara / The Scrapper / Yantiyaki / Crossroad Fire / Nature Boy / A Night In Spain / Flamingo / Casanova / Stingray (live) / Let's Go (live)

(from GUITAR & DRUMS #82 – October 1999)

Tous les tires sauf les 5 marques sont des compositions de L. Bennink. Les Black Albinos nous offrent un super CD avec une touche tres moderne qui est fort judicieuses. Que dire de plus. Ne perdez pas de temps et achetez ce CD. Les Black Albinos sont de vrais pros fort bien inspires. (Jean Bachelerie)

(from PIPELINE #46 – Winter 1999)

With The Ventures as their inspiration The Black Albino's have a lot more bite and balls than most European guitar bands. For their second Rarity CD they have gone for an almost cpmplete set of original material plus two live tracks. Leo Bennink plays most of the lead guitar but his brother Dihl takes over on three numbers. With Ritch van Gessel also contributing as rhythm guitarist they have a full sound and plenty of options for arrangements. Completing their five man line-up are FBI's big bassman Hoss van Hardeveld and one of the crispest drummers around in Leo Kappe. The steamy atmosphere of Night-Shift makes a fine opener. Despite a strong rhythm guitar and tough lead sound delivering the tune, it's the biting riffs of the intro and betwixt verses that really catch the ear. There are more catchy riffs on the light funk of Soul Serenade and some chunky chords supporting the sustained lead guitar of Moa Kowada. Pico Rico has a great flowing rhythm part plus some phrases out of La Bamba in its Latinesque delivery. The Invader is one big guitar ballad that Shads bands are sure to pick up on while pulsing double electric rhythm guitars push The Invader with its Move It feel. Hard driving guitar melodies are the order of the day, but the lenght of modern albums demands an element of variety which is provided here by T-Bone Rag, a delicate intro to Czardas, and the electronics of Okiwara. Street Jumper and The Scrapper are fuzz-led, the first buzzing along and the second having a heavier arrangement. Yantiyaki is a beefy oriental flavoured ballad - Japanese Pops with menace. Leo Bennink's skill at the Nokie Edwards style of precision picking is apparant on the likes of Crossroad Fire which burns with its light fuzz attack. The band's Ventures influence dominates Nature Boy , you can imagine this tracks on a Wild Again album. There's a solid Ventures Japanese Pops styled number in A Night In Spain and Flamingo could so easily be a Bogle-Wilson-Edwards-Taylor album track from the 60's. Casanova brings the studio tracks to a close with acoustic picking over a big beat. The live tracks are an impressive Stingray a la Shads and Let's Go done Ventures fashion. Impressive. (Alan Taylor)          (from NEW GANDY DANCER #3867 – Winter 1999)

The earlier Rarity outing by The Black Albinos, The Warrior, was a breakthrough for the label (a none-Shadows sounding band with a truiy modern edge) and this continues that analogy. It's a superb album of essentially strong original tracks by lead guitarist Leo Bennink except for puisating arrangements of minor classies like Szardas, Nature Boy, Flamingo, Stingray and Let's Go - the latter two of which are taken from the group's live performances. Flamingo incidentally, benefits from an almost Davie Allan treatment, whereas, and we've said it before, if there are group influences, they are a blend of 60's Ventures with 70's Wishbone Ash plus production excitement of the 90's. What Leo and the boys have done is the popular technique of starting the numbers with a sixties guitar sound and arrangements to begin with and add those with a sixties guitar sound from today. So many good things happening here, it's just one of the best guitar albums everto come out of central Europe.
**** (Davy Peckett)

 

CD 192620 THE BOGEYMAN (fully instrumental CD)

Tracks: Guitar Mania / The Dancing Torero / Inner City / Bronzy Brown / Princess And Monkey / The Bogeyman / Tropical Samba / Nyoman Sunadi / Space Shuffle Boogie / Tico Tico / The Hug / Rin Tin Tin / Nitty Gritty / Journey To The Sixties / Summer Breeze / Rambo / Flamingo Wings / Pina Colada / 124 Spider / A Creep In The Deep

(from PIPELINE #49 – Autumn 2000)

This is The Black Albinos' third CD and the band has earned a solid reputation as a lean, high quality unit. The standard of musicianship is very high, as you might expect with guys who have been toiling at their craft since the late fifties and early sixties. The band have worked hard at creating their own sound, perhaps originally indebted to The Ventures but now their style is very much their own - modern yet at the same time faithful to the past too.
For me the third CD really comes alive with "Bronzy Brown", a dirty, let's get down and funk it up boogie, which even owes just a little something to The Rolling Stones in spirit. Even dirtier in tone and style is the grungy sounding "Rambo" which uses fuzzed up guitar and could almost be Jimi Hendrix! Cooling things down a little, tracks like "Flamingo Wings", "Princess And The Monkey", "The Dancing Torero" and "Summer Breeze" illustrate the band's impressive knack for combining a plaintive melody with a sensitive performance.
Much of the credit must go to lead guitarist Leo Bennink who has written nearly all of the material here. There really is so much to savour: the title track with its chilling feel and affectionate nod to The Ventures' "The Fugitive"; a splash of American rhumba with "Tropical Samba" and "Tico Tico"; "Rin Tin Tin" with its dexterous fingerpicked touches; "Nitty Gritty" for its compelling rhythm guitar and crisp, precise drums from leo Kappe; "Journey To The Sixties" for its twin lead and multi-guitared climax; "A Creep In The Deep" for its agressive, fuzzy lead and Hoss Hardeveld's everbusy bass - in fact Hoss plays a vital role througout the entire CD. Credit too to Leo's brother and fellow guitarist Dihl Bennink who takes the lead role in "Tico Tico" and "124 Spider", as well as rhythm guitarist Ritch Gessel.
Together they have created a first class CD with a wealth of original material which grows in stature with every play. (Dave Burke)

 

CD 192662 ROCKIN' RABBIT (fully instrumental CD)

Tracks: New Orleans / Jazz Buster / Carrots And Onions / Hazuki / Fireside / Juke Box / Big Noise Of The Jungle / Stretching Out / Bandenera / Splish Splash / The Moon Of Shailalima / Tango Django / Sunday (Freedom) / Strattin' / Shadow Catcher / Shango / Siciliano / Rockin' Rabbit / Frenesi / Tonkodop / Shanice

(from PIPELINE #53 - Autumn 2001)

Wow, what an opener! The Ventures' blast through U S Bonds' legendary New Orleans has always been a personal favourite and here The Black Albinos tear through the number like a hot Harley through clogged traffic! Set against Leo Kappe's pounding drums we have an arsenal of guitars, fuzzed and unfuzzed, distorted and undistorted, while Hoss Hardeveld's bass powers the cut along with ruthless determination. Phew! In absolute contrast the following track, Jazz Buster, is a low-key, cool delight. All shades, fluid jazz runs, relaxed percussion and a late-night groove that chills. Next out of the box is Carrots And Onions, a spirited down-home romp through what is Little Richard's Lucille in all but name. Hazuki is an excellent original from the pen of guitarist Leo Bennink, a deep, dark theme twanged in the lower register, moodily joined by a second higher-pitched guitar later, the two combine to suggest at first a subtle sadness but, then, a growing strength that builds up to a powerful climax between the two surging guitars, finally joined by a third soloing wildly. An exceptional performance and composition. Fireside owes something of a debt to Back Home by The Shadows, as does Stretching Out which is closely modeled on Driftin' - but neither are exact copies - it's more like seeing a signpost and going in that direction but then ending up somewhere else which is slightly new and just as good! Talking of managing difficult feats, there's also a version of Sandy Nelson's Big Noise From The Jungle which dispenses with both the original's sax and drum solos yet still retains the feel and character of Nelson's classic jungle epic. Bandenera - from the pens of the brothers Bennink, Leo and Dihl - is an intriguing little number that seems to circle around its own melody, forever spiraling off this way and that while spinning an hypnotic web around the listener. A great rockin' version of Bobby Darin's Splish Splash returns us to simple dancing mode and it's difficult not to join in on air guitar or jump around the room a little! Dancing - aah, there's also the wittily titled Tango Django which is, in fact, a real tango so here's another good reason to take up those dancing lessons you've been thinking about - although I doubt you'll have tangoed to anything quite as good as this before. In a similarly exotic mood is Frenesi, another Latin-ish number from the writer of Perfidia which displays much of the appeal and charm of its better known cousin. Strattin' is based on the early Rolling Stones sound and is a dead ringer for their It's All Over Now, it's dirty, and very definitely very groovy. The CD ends with another terrific original from Leo Bennink titled Shanice. Leo Kappe delivers a crisply executed march on the snare while the band pounds out a solid stomping beat filled out with piano and a restrained fuzztone guitar which provides a counterpoint to the main melody which is memorably powerful and melodic. A knockout track! It all adds up to another cracking CD from The Black Albinos - a great sound, expertly performed, and crammed full with excellent tracks - it's their best yet!           Dave Burke

 

   CD 192697 EL CHOLICO (fully instrumental CD)

Tracks: Driving Guitars / Obsession / Ghetto Blaster / Adios / Rarity Break / The Sting / My Prayer / El Cholico / Rap City / Eboney / Panhandle Rag / The Wick Wicker Cha Cha / Caravan / Rincon / Innovation / It's Party Time / Anitra's Dance / Rio Bravo / Walk Don't Run (live) / Bolero Gonzales / Red Cloud / Spanish Fly / Pin Up Girl

(from PIPELINE #57 - Autumn 2002)

The Black Albinos have produced a succession of very fine instrumental CDs and this certainly maintains the high quality of its predecessors. It kicks off with a supremely aggressive version of The Ventures' Driving Guitars, on which drummer Leo Kappe comes closer to anyone that I've ever heard in replicating Howie Johnson's amazing rim-shot sound - bravo Leo. By complete contrast the next track, Obsession, has a bright Latin swing which any ballroom dancers would gladly welcome out there on the floor. The following Ghetto Blaster rings the changes yet again with a dirty, low-down, hard-rock workout that grinds powerfully along. Adios takes us back to the Latin sound and this definitely has the feel of The Shadow's version of Perfidia, and very nice it is too. Rarity Break takes its inspiration from Chuck Berry and all of those great American R&R instros which never had too much melody but would instantly whip up incredible excitement. Great stuff. Every one of us must have hummed Scott Joplin's The Sting at one time or another, and I can't imagine why no-one has ever thought of doing a guitar version of it before (or if they have I haven't noticed it) and the Albinos do this totally infectious melody proud. Interesting to compare the version of Rap City here with The Ventures own newly re-recorded one, and I have to say I think this, by virtue of its higher energy level, just slips in as the winner. If that's not enough for Ventures fans then just check out a dynamite Panhandle Rag with Leo now sounding like Mel Taylor. Even more so on Caravan where Leo manages to catch Mel's tom-tom sound perfectly, while guitarists Leo and Dihl Bennink and bassist Hoss Hardeveld excel in re-creating The Ventures' time-served, high-octane show-stopper. There are some excellent originals too. Innovations is a sneaky little tune which gets better and better with every play; Rio Bravo conjures up the great western film themes of yesteryear, Red Cloud puts a new spin on the Bo Diddley beat, Spanish Fly returns us to the Spanish theme that winds through several tracks on the CD, and Pin-Up Girl rounds the set off in an engagingly bright, poppy, fashion. Another undoubted winner from the formidable Black Albinos. Buy with absolute confidence. Dave Burke

  THE BLACK ALBINOS : INDIAN SUMMER

2007 CD  Indian Summer.
TRACKS: Bo express /  the freebooter /America / Music is my love / Kanika / Waterfall  / Kilimanjaro / Sayonnara  / Tarranera / Indiansummer / Pipita / Bad news /Emel  /   Summer in potimao / Eternal spring / Spudnik / Red peach / La vietta / Chantal / Kota-inten  /         
 
 
 
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  THE BLACK ALBINOS : ROCKING GUITAR TANGO

2007 CD  ROCKING GUITAR TANGO.
Tracks: Steel guitar rag / Weekend lover / Crazy tomato / My first love / Mr sandman  / Tears of a child / Sha la la i love you / Island of ivory / otto and franky in the needle / Libertango Cherry margarita Market in delft / fiesta de flamenco  / Ba ba loo  /Tamborilero / Red and blue / Rio ancho / Jack the ripper/The nighthawk / Hitch-hiker                            

  LEO BENNINK : GOOD TIMES LOVER

 
2007 CD GOOD TIMES LOVER ( R&B )
Good Times Lover/  Layla Heavenly / Summer In Portimao     
After Rain Comes Sunshine/ It's Gonna Be Allright/ Reach For Reality    My Love/ Love Lady/ California Dreaming / Beehive / Timeless 
Mr.Funk/ Living In The City /Beating It Up / The Nighthawk/                
Stand Up /Get Out Of My Life /Fiesta De Flamenco  
  
    
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Leo jij verdient een standbeeld op de grote markt voorheen de boeken markt voor de deur van de zwarte ruiter voorheen la gaite klasse kom maar snel met een nieuwe cd groetjes chr. suikerbuik uit laakkwartier fan van het eerste uur. (Reactie YouTube)

     Hier zit ik dan Chr.Suikerbuik op de Grote Markt (Foto Robbie vd Herp 30-09-07 )

 

                                                       DVD : THE STORY OF THE BLACK ALBINOS

     

         DEN HAAG 15-07-05         
                        CD 2007                               2006

 

                                              HAAGS POP PODIUM.
Op de Grote Markt liep ik donderdag  19 - 07  - 07 Leo Bennink tegen het lijf. Dit voormalige bandlid van The Motions en de Jay-Jays treedt nog steeds op met zijn groep The Black Albino’s en is verder vooral actief op YouTube. ( door  Gerard van den IJssel )Klick here for link:       :http://www.haagspoppodium.nl/index.php?middle=archief/nieuws_detail&sid=6606

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