Solution were a Dutch progressive rock band that existed from 1970 to 1983, during which time they released six studio albums and one live album. They incorporated jazz, rock, pop and soul influences, becoming more commercial on their fifth and sixth albums.
Solution (1971) • Tom Barlage: flute, alto & soprano sax • Willem Ennes: piano, electric piano, organ • Peter v. d. Sande: bass, vocals • Hans Waterman: drums • Steve Boston: congas and cowbell on "Phases"
Divergence (1972) • Tom Barlage: saxophone, flute • Willem Ennes: keyboards • Guus Willemse: bass guitar, vocals • Hans Waterman: drums
The band signed to the small Catfish label and was joined by Peter van der Sande on bass. The quartet recorded their first self titled record in 1971. The influence on this record, a brillant example of early jazz-rock, ranged from Frank Zappa and Soft Machine to John Coltrane and contained an adaption of a classical composition by French composer Jaques Ibert.
For their second record 'Divergence' (1972) the band signed to EMI's progressive subsidiary Harvest and Guus Willemse replaced Van der Sande on bass. Willemse brought not only a rockier side with his semi acoustic Höffner bass, but became also singer of the band. 'Divergence' is as good as the first record with a punchier side and amore pronounced soul influence.