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Pierre van der Linden 19.2.1946
Pierre v.d. Linden was almost born with drumsticks in his
hand. At the age of three he was already drumming on a drum-set that belonged
to his father, who is a rather well-known person in Showbiz. After following
classical lessons he discovered the art of Jazz drumming. Max Roach, Sunny
Murray and especially Elvin Jones became his mentors in the swinging world
of Jazz. But the real truth is that you couldn't make a decent living out
of Jazz in the sixties and especially in Holland.
So Pierre decided to join the group Brainbox in 1968 when guitar-player
and old friend Jan Akkerman asked him to sit in. Jan and Pierre had been
playing together since they were nine! After a few years in
Brainbox, Jan Akkerman asked Pierre in 1970 to make the switch to the second
edition of Focus, the group that became world famous after they had joined it.
Focus had several world-hits in the seventies, but at a
certain moment Pierre realized that this was not the kind of music he wanted
to make day in day out. Pierre left Focus in 1973 and started a real
career in Jazz, he played with a number of jazz groups till in 1985 he met
saxophone player Rinus Groeneveld and joined his band. Rinus was also playing
with the Herbert Noord quartet and in 1989 Pierre was asked to do some
tracks on their new album 'HiFi Apartment'. After this first encounter
Pierre became the drummer of the newly formed group 'Advanced Warning' that
released their first album in 1991. Since then Pierre is a member of this
group with whom he has already made five cd's.