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songs on the eve of dismissal
streaming - download - cd - sheet music - play along

from the new album Songs on the eve of dismissal - Nobody told me
featuring Lorena del Mar - lyrics Bastiaan Geleijnse - drums Yonga Sun
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Lorena del Mar - Photography © Paul de Cloedt
cover photo Nobody told me - Alex Knight CC0

Songs on the Eve of Dismissal, as the title suggests, is a project about working in an office, and the main emotions involved in present-day office life: fear and loss of individuality. For example, with millions of people worldwide trying to survive the next reorganisation while doing their job, this is a serious subject which connects to this large group; at the same time, there is definitely a funny or strange side to a song about it. 
The project consists of about 22 pieces (2 sets) with 9 of them with vocals. The other compositions are instrumental (for a 7-piece line-up) and are already finished too: the instrumental album has been published in 2016 (A Day at the Office). The instrumental compositions will also be used as a background for spoken contributions by Bastiaan Geleijnse which we are currently working on - Bastiaan Geleijnse and Chris Abelen
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'The proof’s in the final report. The players don’t sound like they’re watching the clock, waiting for work to be over. They sound psyched, rested and ready. Putting this music together, Chris Abelen struck a blow for worker comfort, efficiency, and effective time management.'
Kevin Whitehead - liner notes


‘The pharmacy was closed when the many tired ghosts of Miles Davis decided to in vivo freak this band. Suitable for zombies and psychedelics. #livingdeadcharm’
Fiona Ord-Shrimpton’s comment on ‘Fix’ - All About Jazz

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A day at the office : Sheet Music Plus™ - iReal Pro™


Play along with the original A day at the office studio recordings.
Select the track and your instrument, download the sheet music and minus one mp3, or play along with the free minus one streaming audio
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Trombone solo album with minus one samples

Albums

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Songs on the eve of dismissal, new 2017 album, coming soon. Same line-up as A day at the office, but with Lorena del Mar singing the lyrics written by Bastiaan Geleijnse
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Another new album, trombone solo with samples. It started as a trombone warming-up for A day at the office, we will see were it ends
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The instrumental set of the Songs on the eve of dismissal project - 4 horns and rhythm, sheet music available at Sheet Music Plus
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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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Plint is an EP, as an introduction to my music. From a quartet to a 10-piece band, with a string quartet. 4 previously published tracks, but the title track is new, with a great tenor solo by Tobias Delius
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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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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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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.
John Corbett - Downbeat
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