Pierre van der Linden
Life and work
Van der Linden is influenced by the drummer Max Roach, Sunny Murray and especially Elvin Jones. In the sixties he worked with guitarist guitarist Jan Akkerman in bands like Friendship Quartet, Johnny and the Cellar Rockers, The Hunters and Brainbox (including with Kaz Lux) together, but also in other Dutch bands like After Tea, Tea Set and ZZ and the Maskers. From 1970 he was a member of the group Focus, a progressive rock band with international success. He became known among other things, his drum solo in Hocus Pocus. After disputes over the commercial orientation of Focus towards the mainstream van der Linden left the band in 1973. He was a member of the Dutch group to trace the non-related keyboardist Rick van der Linden and bassist Jaap van Eyck.
After his successor Colin Allen Focus had left, he came in 1975 for a short time in the band back. He took with Jan Akkerman 's solo album in 1976 to Eli and Akkermans Song Floatin ' (1977). With Jasper van't Hof and the band Sweet d' Buster, he took the 1980 album Out of the Blue on. In the nineties he turned to with Wilbert de Joode and Rinus Groeneveld of free improvisation and played Acid Jazz at Advanced Warning. Since 2004, van der Linden plays again with the organist and flautist Thijs van Leer in Focus.