The Chris Hinze Combination


Apart from his baroque-jazz and world music Chris Hinze demonstrated still more sides of his versatile musical personality: the funky jazz-rock 'Chris Hinze Combination' was presented internationally in 1971 in the Casino at Lake Geneva. There 'the magician of Montreux', as they called him, received the Press Award for best soloist of the Montreux Jazz Festival. From then on Hinze went on the road all over Europe. Mainly American musicians joined the Combination, like John Lee, Gary Brown Charlie Mariano, James Batton, Kevin Eubanks, and many others. But also European musicians like Jasper van ‘t Hof, Rob van den Broeck, Henny Vonk, Sigi Schwab, Joachim Kühn, Philip Catherine played in The Chris Hinze Combination until Hinze left for New York in 1976 where he lived until 1979.

audiosample from 'Saliah'


'Combination' turned out to be an extremely apt name, because Hinze is always searching for new influences, interacting with musicians from other cultures, changing members of the C.H.C. for new tours and albums. After many years of musical development, one of Hinze’s most important releases was created: the album Saliah, the 'African-Indian and World Fusion' which he launched in 1984. Members of this Combination were Bo Stief (Denmark), Ramesh Shotham (India), Fodé Youla (Africa) and Chieli Minucci (USA). The albums Nazali and The Hunter were released between 1985 and 1988. Many European and American bands later followed his musical development, by then widely known as world music.
In early 1994, he and The Chris Hinze Combination were invited for a concert tour around India. The live recordings from this tour can be heard on the CD Namaskar, which was released in January 1995.


audiosample from 'Namaskar'


Since 2005 The Chris Hinze Combination is 'back to the roots' with a stunning new sound! A combination of jazz, dance, funk & world music, in which flute and vocals have a central role, supported by a swinging rhythm section. Chris Hinze shares the spotlight with the German vocalist Susana Dé, who won the National Jazz Soloist prize in 2003. Coen Molenaar (who has worked with Edsilia Rombley, Deborah Carter en Jan Akkerman, among others) is on keyboards, with Remco van de Sluis (The Lau, Sister Sledge en Jan Akkerman) on drums and the versatile Dutch cellist Djoeke Klijzing. Last but not least Chris Hinze on flute and keyboards.


audiosample 'Bamboo Song' (from 'Akar Akar')

Other CHC releases:
Stoned Flute
Live At Montreux Vol.1
Virgin Sacrifice
Who Can See The Shadow Of The Sun
Mission Suite
Sister Slick
Live At Montreux Vol. 2
Bamboo Magic
Jazz At The Opera House, Sydney, Australia
High Lights Live
Akar Akar
Back On The Map
Live In Concert


Virgin Sacrifice
The Chris Hinze Combination
New Age/Relaxation [KYT 783]

Chris Hinze composed the music for the Teleac TV-series on archeology ‘Digging for the Past’, performed by his Combination with famous musicians like John Lee (bass), Gerry Brown (drums), Louis van Dijk (piano) and Roger Cooke (bass) as guest musicians.On request of a large number of viewers an album was compiled. Source of inspiration was one of the subjects of these programs: the mysterious death of ‘the girl from Windeby’, whose body was found after centuries of conservation in the swamps. A ritual offering? We will never know. Certain is that it inspired Chris Hinze to create this beautiful music.

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audiosample





Saliah
The Chris Hinze Combination
Ethno/Jazz/World Music [KYT 745/46]

This production clearly is an exponent of Chris Hinze’s ‘African -Indian and World Music Fusion’.Backed by his Combination, he assembled African, Indian and western musicians and singers in a unique musical melting pot. Unlimited improvisational possibilities are found as these artists freely exchange and experiment with their various sounds, rhythms and instruments.

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Nazali
The Chris Hinze Combination
Ethno/Jazz/World Music [KYT 747]

Chris Hinze’s unceasing interest in the integration of ethnic music in western music cultures brought him all over the world and led him to the by now very successful ‘African-Indian and World Music Fusion’. The listener to Nazali, it being a sequel to Saliah, will again be amazed at the intertwining of sounds and rhythms originating from African, Asian and European instruments plus African choir and soloists.

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audiosample





The Hunter
The Chris Hinze Combination
Ethno/Jazz/World Music
[KYT 752]

This is the third Ethno/World Music album of the Chris Hinze Combination. Whereas the music in Saliah and Nazali consists more of musicians improvising on African themes, on this CD it reached a complete integration. More clear-cut song material with more of a pop-sound. Lovely ballads by Lelo M’Bachi, alternating with sparkling flute solos by Chris Hinze make it a very accessible production.

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Namaskar
The Chris Hinze Combination
Ethno/Jazz/World Music [KYT 786]

On his extensive tour in India in 1994 Chris Hinze and his Combination treated the audiences to a breathtaking performance.Western rock and roll-rhythms, Indian percussion, African vocals and fabulous flute-playing merging together into spectacular fireworks. During this tour Namaskar was recorded; a live CD, swinging from the first to the last moment.

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Highlights Live
Chris Hinze Combination with Hugh Kanza (African vocals),
Tom Holkenborg, Ramesh Shotham, Alphons Riesthuis
World Music
[KYT 793]

A live registration, made during the European tour of the Chris Hinze Combination in 1996, of the most successful titles from the four albums Tibet Impressions, T’ai Chi - In Balance, Mellow Mantras, and Namaskar. Of course the compositions are the same but instead of the extremely balanced studio sound there is that ‘extra dimension’ of a live performance in concert halls with enthusiastic audiences, which gives the music a special quality.

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Akar Akar
The Chris Hinze Combination
Jazz/Ethno/World Music [KYT 815]

The Indonesian word 'Akar Akar' means roots, in the sense of 'source' or 'origin'; your base from where you explore your family, and your place in the world. Chris Hinze uses 'Akar Akar' to explore the base of his musical experience. The 2002 Chris Hinze Combination has its
roots, 'Akar Akar' in jazz mixed with the flavour of a rich musical tradition of the Moluccan islands and the typical sound of the African continent.

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Back On The Map
The Chris Hinze Combination
Special guest: Sandhya Sanjana
World Jazz [Superior SU 29031]

The latest cd from The Chris Hinze Combination. Recorded in Ibiza, you can hear The Combination at its best. Every number is a musical painting on its own. You can see these paintings on the DVD's with the same name: Back On The Map.

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audiosample 'Sort Of Beragi'





Live In Concert [DVD + Bonus CD]
The Chris Hinze Combination
featuring: Susana Dé
World Jazz

Click here for video's from the DVD.

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audiosample 'Akar Akar'