7 January 1948 (age 70)
Below was translated from Dutch to English using the "Google Translator' application. The original text can be read here: Wikepedia - Kaz Lux
As a winner of a talent show, he is allowed to record a record in 1968 . According to record company Bovema Truce , the band he is in, is not good enough qualitatively, so the recording is done with experienced musicians like Jan Akkerman and Pierre van der Linden . Included are " Down Man " and " Woman's Gone ". R & b pianist Rob Hoeke also participates in that last song. A few months later, through the manager of the Amsterdam band The Outsiders , John van Setten , Lux gets the invitation to become a singer in the Brainbox group to be formed by Akkerman and Van der Linden.
After Lux left Brainbox in 1971, he started a solo career that resulted in the album Kazimierz Lux et al on the Harvest label of EMI (1972). On this album Rudy de Queljoe play guitar, Jan Hollestelle bass, Jan Vennik sax, flute and clarinet and Ilja Gort drums. The production is in the hands of John Schuursma , former Brainbox guitarist. A year later, under the guidance of the English producer Mike Vernon (known for his work with Fleetwood Mac ), he records his second album for the same label in the English Chipping Norton Studios , titled I'm The Worst Partner I Know , with studio musicians as Pete Wingfield (piano), Joe Jammer (guitar), Tony Stevens (bass guitar) and Bruce Rowland (drums). The album gets good reviews at home and abroad. Jan Akkerman also plays some songs on guitar. Lux also takes care of the acoustic guitar itself. Most compositions were written by Kaz Lux himself, "I still miss someone" is from Johnny Cash .
His third album was released on the EMI label in 1974 and was recorded in the Intertone Studios in Heemstede in the spring of that year under production management by Gerrit-Jan Leenders . Title: Monk? . The cover designed by Lux together with Gerard Kieviets shows a broken bottle of Scotch , next to a black-and-white photograph showing Kaz with closed eyes. All the guitar work, including the electric, is from Lux itself. Three bassists cooperate (Mary Huat, Brainbox André Reijnen and Herman Deinum , the latter coming from Cuby + Blizzards ). Furthermore, two other members of the Groningen formation Solution , Willem Ennes and Tom Barlage , play along on piano and sax / flute respectively. The texts and music are by Kaz Lux himself and are very personal. In the song " The Lost Guilders " he lets manager John van Setten know that and why he feels cheated by this.
Together with Jan Akkerman, in the autumn of 1976, he reached his provisional artistic climax with the concept album Eli on the Atlantic label, which tells of a completely wonderful journey, dreamed of by Lux, that was full of luxuriant dreams. Akkerman signed for almost all music. It is striking that he does not play solo, but chord series through his lesson speaker , in support of the story sung by Kaz. Furthermore Rick van der Linden and Jasper van 't Hof on keys, Patricia Paay , Maggie MacNeal and Margriet Eshuis in the background vocals, Pierre van der Linden on drums and Nippy Noya on percussion. Producers are Richard De Bois and Jan Akkerman. The plate is also a commercial success: the gold status is achieved. In 1977, the Jan Akkerman / Kaz Lux Band toured the Netherlands for promotion, including performances in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Congresgebouw in The Hague. A tour through England - with Kayak in the support act - is not so successful. They appear to be less charmed by the combination Akkerman / Lux and the unknown work of Eli .
At the beginning of 1978, Kaz performed a few pieces by Eli in a television special broadcast by Jan Tkk, which was broadcast by the TROS , recorded on the occasion of his solo album Jan Akkerman, which was also published on Atlantic at the end of 1977. This album exudes the same atmosphere as " Eli ". Not injured, because Akkerman again signed for the compositions and both are recorded with partly the same musicians and under the direction of Richard De Bois in the Soundpush Studios in Blaricum. This is also the place where his fourth long-player Distance, which appeared in 1978 on the Asylum label, saw the light of day. The single " It's Allright Girl ", which is pulled from this album, is played a lot, but not a hit. Originally this song was called " It's Alright Bill " and stood in 1972 for some time in the Tipparade in the performance of co-composer Peter Bewley , or Peter van Asten , the producer / arranger of Distance . Meanwhile the record covers mention the name Kaz Lux in a logo designed by Bob Norrinton : stainless steel , letters written together with pearls of water.
After being under the care of manager Frits Hirschland , whose management also has the Dutch groups Kayak and Earth & Fire , Kaz scored his first and only hit in the Dutch Top 40 in 1979 . With the Randy Newman composition " Rolling " he is listed for three weeks, with number 33 being the highest position. On the B side of the hit single is the self written " Blind Man Willy ". Both songs are from the CNR -elpee Luxury . The title is a word joke. Many musicians, including jazz musicians such as Wim Overgaauw (guitar) and Frans Popti (violin), take part in this record produced by Jay Denson and recorded in the Soundpush and Wisseloord Studios . Also in 1979 record company Bovema-Negram released a triptych of collectors. One dedicated to Brainbox ( A History ), one dedicated to Jan Akkerman ( A Phenomenon ) and one dedicated to Kaz Lux ( A Voice ). On the Ariola- label in 1980 appears the "successor" of " Eli ", made with partly the same musicians as the success album: Transparental . Only in the funky " Concentrate, Do not Hesitate " is the level of its predecessor somewhat achieved. In 1982, together with John Schuursma , Kaz released the CD "Dialogue" in-house. In this year a reunion tour with Brainbox will be started, without Jan Akkerman, but with Rudy de Queljoe.
The two albums that Kaz & John collaborated on can be seen here: Kaz Lux & John Schuursma - 'Dialogues' 'Live Dialogues'
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