SummaryAvailable as 6-page digipack-CD & download / 10 previously unreleased tracks by the godfathers of the Dutch Jazz scene, recorded between 1960 and 1963, compiled for Sonorama by the Jazzdiggers from Holland. Exclusive CD release featuring great but unknown tunes by the legendary quintet around pianist Cees Slinger, pulled from promotional vinyl EPs, radio programmes, unreleased schellack records or flexi discs. Lost chapter of European jazz history, restaurated from original records and tapes, including lost compositions by Cees Smal aswell as nice versions of classics like Sonny Rollins'"Oleo", Horace Silver's "Sister Sadie" or Oscar Pettiford's "Montmartre Blues". Comes in digipack with unreleased old photos and new liner notes by Joop De Roo, Hilde Slinger and others.
Cees Slinger (1929 -2007) was the founder and leader of the hard bop combo "The Diamond Five" featuring the trumpeter and trombonist Cees Smal (1927 - 2001), the tenor saxophonist Harry Verbeke (1922-2004), bassist Jacques Schols, and drummer John Engels, playing at the Jazz Club "Sheherazade" in Amsterdam. Before the foundation some of the musicians already played as the "The Diamonds" at the "Jig Rhythm Club" in Haarlem, with Verbeke, Smal and the initial bassist Dick van der Capellen. To avoid confusion with the singing group "The Blue Diamonds", they changed their name to "The Diamond Five". From October 1958 to April 1962 the band played at the "Sheherazade", that they had also taken over. Van der Capellen took no part in the takeover, as he had previously survived a car accident and was replaced by Schols. In 1962 the musicians sold their club and went on tour, because the music taste changed to Beatlemania. Although Cees Slinger took a job in the steel industry he kept playing. Together with Jacques and John he made two LPs with Ben Webster. In 1973 the LP "Back Together", featuring Greetje Kauffeld, came out. In 1974 he quit the job and became again a full-time jazz musician. The quintet jammed with many American jazz artists like Stan Getz, Phil Woods, Quincy Jones and Don Byas after their official appearances and even played at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in 1963. Between 1959 and 1962, several already documented vinyl EPs were released on labels such as Fontana or Omega and were summarized for the 1978 compilation album "Amsterdam Blues". In 1964 they recorded the LP "Brilliant", which was later reissued on Fontana.