Tag Archives: Flying Dutchman Records

CULT CLASSIC: GATO BARBIERI-FENIX.

Cult Classic: Gato Barbieri-Fenix. When Bob Thiele founded Flying Dutchman Records, he was a man with a vision. His vision was for his nascent label to release music that was cutting-edge, innovative and pushed musical boundaries. To do that, he signed some of the most progressive artists. Bob Thiele was looking for leaders, rather than followers …

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CULT CLASSIC: BOB THIELE EMERGENCY-HEAD START.

Cult Classic: Bob Thiele Emergency-Head Start. Flying Dutchman Rcords was the second record label Bob Thiele founded during what was by then a long, illustrious and successful career. The first was Signature Records, founded by Bob in 1939, when he was just seventeen. However, a lot had happened in the intervening thirty years. He had worked with many …

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LEON THOMAS-SPIRITS KNOWN AND UNKNOWN.

LEON THOMAS-SPIRITS KNOWN AND UNKNOWN. In 1969, Leon Thomas released his debut album Spirits Known and Unknown for Bob Thiele’s Flying Dutchman Records. This eleven years after he released his “other” debut album. Confused? The story begins in 1958, when Leon Thomas, aged just nineteen years old, signed to RCA Records. Now signed to RCA, …

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DUES PAID-THE BLUESTIME STORY.

DUES PAID-THE BLUESTIME STORY. After eight years running Impulse, one of jazz’s premier labels, Bob Thiele found himself at loggerheads with Larry Newton, the head of ABC Records. It looked as if Bob’s time at ABC was coming to an end. Given what he’d done for ABC, he was going to be sorely missed. Not …

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GATO BARBIERI-FENIX.

GATO BARBIERI-FENIX. When Bob Thiele founded Flying Dutchman Records, he was a man with a vision. His vision was for his nascent label to release music that was cutting-edge, innovative and pushed musical boundaries. To do that, he signed some of the most progressive artists. He was looking for leaders, rather than followers. Bob wanted …

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LARRY CORYELL-BAREFOOT BOY.

LARRY CORYELL-BAREFOOT BOY. Larry Coryell, it seemed, was destined to become a musician. Born in Galveston, Texas, Larry was playing in local bands throughout his time at Richland High School. He was a member of The Flames, The Rumblers, The Royals, The Jailers and even, the Yakima based Checkers. For a group looking for a …

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LEON THOMAS-THE LEON THOMAS ALBUM.

LEON THOMAS-THE LEON THOMAS ALBUM. There aren’t many artists who record two debut albums. Leon Thomas did. Having signed to RCA in 1958, Leon recorded what should’ve been his debut album. It was never released. Instead, another eleven years passed before Leon Thomas released his debut album Spirits Known and Unknown for Bob Thiele’s Flying …

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ESTHER MARROW-NEWPORT NEWS, VIRGINIA.

ESTHER MARROW-NEWPORT NEWS, VIRGINIA. Having founded Flying Dutchman and Amsterdam labels in 1969, Bob Thiele set about building a roster that encompassed jazz, pop and experimental music. This was Bob’s musical dream. The inspiration for this was Bob’s former employer, ABC Records. They too, had two labels, Impulse and ABC Records. Impulse was a jazz …

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ORNETTE COLEMAN-FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS- ORNETTE LIVE AT PRINCE STREET.

ORNETTE COLEMAN-FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS- ORNETTE LIVE AT PRINCE STREET. Back in 1970, Ornette Coleman, one of the most innovative musicians and composers of the free jazz movement, found himself without a record company. He’d just left Impulse Records, having released Ornette at 12 in 1969. However, he wouldn’t be without a record label for long. …

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BOB THIELE EMERGENCY-HEAD START.

BOB THIELE EMERGENCY-HEAD START. Flying Dutchman Rcords was the second record label Bob Thiele founded. The first was Signature Records, founded by Bob in 1939, when he was just seventeen. A lot had happened in the intervening thirty years. Bob had worked with many of the giants of jazz. John Coltrane, Charlie Mingus, Sonny Rollins, …

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LIBERATION MUSIC-THE SPIRITUAL JAZZ AND THE ART OF PROTEST ON FLYING DUTCHMAN RECORDS 1969-1974.

LIBERATION MUSIC-THE SPIRITUAL JAZZ AND THE ART OF PROTEST ON FLYING DUTCHMAN RECORDS 1969-1974. Looking back at the roster of artists Flying Dutchman Records amassed during the first five years of its existence, can’t help but be impressed. After all, between 1969 and 1974, Flying Dutchman Records couldn’t just boast true jazz legends, but pioneers …

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