Spin

Biography

Spin is a spin-off band from Ekseption and was formed in 1974. Difference of opinion regarding the musical style of Ekseption made Rein van den Broek and Dik Vennik to form a new band. They also included Hans Jansen from Ekseption and Hans Hollestelle, who also played on an Ekseption album as a session musician, into the line up. The band was completed by Hans' brother Jan Hollestelle and Cees Kranenburg.

The music of Spin is less focused on the classics, but is more in a jazz-rock style. They recorded two albums, neither of them was very successful. Although the single Grasshopper was a minor hit in the US. The band disbands in 1977.

Spin

Discography

Spin (1976)

Spin (1976)
Spin
(1976)

Tracks:
  1. Grasshopper (H. Jansen, J. Vennik) [4:34]
  2. Spinning (J. Hollestelle) [4:04]
  3. Excenter (J. Vennik) [5:22]
  4. Sea and Seasons (H. Hollestelle) [4:46]
  5. Little bitch (H. Hollestelle) [5:42]
  6. Sunday afternoon's dream (J. Hollestelle) [2:17]
  7. Flat tyre (H. Hollestelle) [3:34]
  8. Beautiful Queenie (H. Jansen) [4:31]

Musicians:

  • Rein van den Broek: Trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Jan Vennik: Flute, hobo, clarinet
  • Hans Jansen: Keyboards
  • Hans Hollestelle: Guitar, synthesizer
  • Jan Hollestelle: Bass guitar, cello
  • Cees Kranenburg: Drums, percussion

Information:
Produced by John Sonneveld
Design by Chris Duinmeijer

LP Ariola 27021 XOT (1976)
LP MOVLP347 (2012)

SpinSpin (1976)

Reviews:
Spin was a jazz rock band formed in 1974 in Holland. Differences of opinion regarding the musical style of Ekseption made Rein van den Broek and Dik Vennik to form a new band - Spin. In the line up was also included another member of Eskeption - Hans Jansen and Hans Hollestelle, was as well a session musician in Ekseption. The line up was completed by the brother of Hollestelle Jan and Cees Kranenburg. The music of Spin is much more straight forward than Ekseption's music, they dropped the classical influences and the arrangements were much more focused on electric guitars and horns and even some funk elements here and there. Enthusiasts of jazz/rock fusion might find this album a little bit on the soft side though, but the songs are well balanced and feature some catchy horn arrangements. The first album released in 1976 by Ariola is a good ex of jazz with funky elements, not bad at all, at least for me, but they didn't manage to get very much attention back then like today, they remain unknown to larger public.All pieces stands as good, not a weak moment here.

(b olariu, Progarchives)

Whirlwind (1977)

Whirlwind (1977)
Whirlwind
(1977)

Tracks:
  1. Tarantula (H. Jansen, J. Vennik) [5:02]
  2. Baby's delight (H. Jansen, J. Vennik) [5:39]
  3. Dance of the sea-gull (J. Hollestelle) [4:20]
  4. Telegraphcanyon-roadrunner (H. Hollestelle) [4:16]
  5. Super B (H. Jansen, J. Vennik) [5:04]
  6. Yellow kites (H. Hollestelle) [4:09]
  7. You're a clown (H. Jansen, J. Vennik, S. Chaloner) [6:00]
  8. T-Ford two (J. Hollestelle) [5:36]

Musicians:

  • Rein van den Broek: Trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Jan Vennik: Flute, hobo, clarinet
  • Hans Jansen: Keyboards
  • Hans Hollestelle: Guitar, synthesizer
  • Jan Hollestelle: Bass guitar, cello
  • Cees Kranenburg: Drums, percussion
Guests
  • Martha Pendleton and Sue Chaloner: vocals (on [7])
  • Jean "Toots" Thielemans: harmonica (on [2, 7])
  • Bart van Lier: Trombone (on [2, 5, 7])

Information:
Produced and engineered by Spin and John Sonneveld
Recorded and mixed at Dutch Music Centre, Baarn, The Netherlands
Design by Chris Duinmeijer

LP Ariola 28210 XOT (1977)

WhirlwindWhrilwind (1977)

Review:

The music of Spin is much more straight forward than Ekseption's, they dropped the classical influences and the arrangements were much more focused on electric guitars and horns (which are very recognizable to fans of Ekseption). Enthusiasts of jazz/rock fusion might find this album a little bit on the soft side though, but the songs are well balanced and feature some catchy horn arrangements. So if you're up for some 'easy listening', why not try this one.

(Juicy Fruits)

Second album by Spin and as well their swansong, released in 1977 on Ariola named Whirlwind has the same atmosphere as previous release. Same funky jazz, well played, well balanced, some female voices of Martha Pendleton and Sue Chaloner appears on You're a clown, nice arrangements and smooth played. Again all pieces stands as good, but aswell nothing groundbreaking. I don't think worth 2 stars, 3 stars at least, some parts are realy good, make me give 3.5. The cover art is excellent like on first album. Enthusiasts of jazz/rock fusion might find this album a little bit on the soft side though, but the songs are well balanced and feature some catchy horn arrangements. Neither of them become very successful, so they disbanded in late 1977, but they leave behind some good example of how must sound this kind of jazz funk, also they had a minor hit in USA with the piece Grasshopper from their first album.

(b olariu, Progarchives)

As mentioned most of these guys were members of Ekseption who got tired of the classical rock, and decided to move on and do some jazz rock fusion. Maybe with this move they lost their fame and fortune since Ekseption were pretty well known in Europe and their new band Spin got lost in the wealth of other bands out there doing this kind of music. Spin is playing as mentioned some nice mellow easy breezy jazz rock funky fusion light with a bit of brass rock thrown in here and there. They move very effortlessly between the different genres and still make it sound like a natural development. A little bit of easy listenable Ian Carr's Nucleus ,Passport, Blood,Sweat and Tears without the singing. So as someone who prefers my music as less complicated, since I wanna relax with it, this is a very nice mellow ,well executed very well played album.

(gr8dane, Progarchives)

The cover, the band members (some ex-Ekseption), the instruments. I had the feeling this was something I could try. Furthermore Il intend to collect everything from the Dutch prog scene, for it is my home country. Spin has a mellow fusion/jazz rock sound with few surprises. Sometimes the main themes of tracks are quite interesting, but they try to keep it acceptable for the mainstream music listener. This is my main problem with this record: it's to cheesy! Some screaming guitars and hammonds would have made this quite nice! Some of the wind instruments are recorded compressed, which make the solo's a bit patronising instead of confronting like on a Miles Davis record. Some compositions are boring, some are acceptable. The mainstream focus of the band and the will to play fusion seems to be a failing concept. After this second record SPIN disbanded. I must admit it must have been a band with big potential, all instruments are played professional. They should have picked one audience! If you like smooth jazz you might try this, but if you are looking for an adventure, skip on this one. The cover work is very nice, but It's for collectors and fans

(Friso, Progarchives)

Singles

Grasshopper / Little bitch

Grasshopper (H. Jansen, J. Vennik)
Little bitch (H. Hollestelle)

Ariola AT 16338 (1976)
Eurodisc / 911079 / 16783 (1976)

Grasshopper (H. Jansen, J. Vennik) [3:20]
Spinning (J. Hollestelle) [4:00]

Ariola 7632 (1976)