Chris Abelen

trombone & more
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my name is Chris Abelen and I am a trombone player, composer and bandleader.
Just released my new 2016 album A day at the office (CAMP-006). This album is part of a new project, Make money not love. Bastiaan Geleijnse is writing the text & lyrics for this next album, same line-up as A day but with a singer, video & more.
And don’t miss the Bye bye Bloomingdale album.
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New album - A day at the office for small ensemble. Jazz, funk, you name it.
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Plint is an EP, as an introduction to my music. From a quartet to a 10-piece band, with a string quartet. 4 pieces are on previously published albums, the title track is new, with a great tenor solo by Tobias Delius
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Another new album, trombone solo with samples. It started as a warming-up for A day at the office, we will see were it ends. Download the free minus one (play along) version or upload your contributions
Cover tiny file look inside A day at the office Composed by Chris Abelen. For Alto Sax,Baritone Sax,Trumpet,Trombone,Double Bass,Drums,Guitar,Jazz Ensemble. Jazz. Intermediate. Score,Set of Parts. 48 pages. Published by Chris Abelen Music Productions (S0.79909).
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Is it too much to suggest that on his four CDs so far, Chris Abelen has taken a thesis-antithesis-synthesis approach to bandleading? Kevin Whitehead - liner notes
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A much stronger effort than his earlier Dance of the Penguins, What a Romance features a more confident, mature, and gruff-sounding Chris Abelen on trombone -- who not only leads but does so in glorious style. Steven Loewy - All Music Guide
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Imagine the Art Ensemble Of Chicago jamming with Duke Ellington and the Willem Breuker Collective, injecting their jam with elements from the New Orleans funk, blues and brass band music, and you'll get a pretty good picture of what this CD by this Dutch trombone player sounds like. GROOVEMASTER
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Delius is featured over pedal tones on "Delay," just before Corrie van Binsbergen breaks out with a nasty electric guitar solo. Charles Huffstadt's march drums on "Who's Next" recall Henry Threadgill's Sextet, but this group's got a wholly original sound. Bassist Wilbert de Joode wields an enviable high-action, matte-timbre sound.
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I think listening to music on Youtube and looking at a picture of me, under a beach umbrella or in an aquarium is a quite boring setting. So I jumped in the car and drove to the beach and Amsterdam to shoot some footage. As you will see (and agree), the videos are from such a superb ‘home-made’ quality even the local video clubs won’t accept me.