What a romance
Jazzpodium, 7/8 - 2000
The Dutch trombonist Chris Abelen has chosen an individually hand-picked group to realize his improvised vision of romanticism and freedom. His Dream Team consists of Tobias Delius, ts, Corrie van Binsbergen, winner of the Dutch national jazz prize, eg, Wilbert de Joode, b and Charles Huffstadt, dr. Short, spare themes present the platform for not too extended open improvisations whose rhythmic and melodic structures can relate to the theme, although they permit any amount of personal wanderings, dialogue-like orientation adventures and common exploration of the stars. Abelen plays a scintillatiing trombone, Corrie van Binsbergen coaxes magnificently nostalgic wah-wah sounds from her guitar, Tobias Delius creates with his saxophone again and again the most surprising turnabouts. Wilbert de Joode defines musical space in a masterly manner, and Charles Huffstadt shows himself to be a thorough melody-conscious drummer.
All in all, this live CD never conveys a hectic pulse, the music breathes quietly, plays with the tempo, expands and compresses it, displaces the connections, but is always conscious of the fixed center of relations whose authority never gets entirely lost.