Chris Abelen

new jazz trombone music

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Hi, welcome, I am a jazz trombone player and composer from the Netherlands. Over the past years I have produced 2 CD's, Dance of the Penguins and What a romance. But this wouldn't be possible without the contribution of such fine players as Corrie van Binsbergen, Tobias Delius, Wilbert de Joode and Charles Huffstadt. On the 3rd CD Space the line-up is extended with the Zapp! String Quartet and Ab Baars on clarinet. The 4th CD, PROOST, was commissioned by NOS Radio and recorded live at the Klap op de Vuurpijl in Amsterdam, organised by Willem Breuker.
Plint ! (EP) is an introduction to my music.

The featured video is 'In the deep blue sea', from the album Space.

About this video, as you may have noticed, YouTube is nowadays a medium hard to ignore. But uploading an audio file to YouTube and adding some pictures of me in an aquarium would not keep your attention more than a few seconds.
So I jumped in the car and drove to the beach and Amsterdam shooting some videos. As you will see the result is a superb 'home-made' video, but I don't expect to win an Oscar or any other movie award. I even think the local video club wouldn't accept me.

Please check out the sheet music tab if you would like to play one or more of my compositions. For listening without my distracting video contributions please find yourself a nice seat, all tunes are available on major streaming services like Spotify, Deezer, Rhapsody, R'dio, on iTunes and on CD. But a long car ride is also a nice alternative.

At this moment I am working on a new project, Make money, not love, with Bastiaan Geleijnse.

For updates on this project, and this week's Spotify playlist, please subscribe to the newsletter and receive a free set [score, parts, lead sheets and mp3] of Plint, the title song from my EP.

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BANK was written originally for the Contraband in 2000 and is now completely revised for a traditional big band line-up. 5 Saxophones (Soprano, Alto, 2 Tenors & Baritone), 4 Trumpets, 4 Trombones, Piano, Electric Guitar, Double Bass & Drums. The Soprano plays the lead & solo. Please listen to the sample file and read the score in realtime to get a first impression.

Download the free score & parts of BANK in exchange for an audio and/or YouTube recording. Please sent a request (contact form) to obtain a 100 % discount code to download the score & parts.

Plint! is an EP, with only one new release, the title song, performed with Delius and De Joode but with Martin van Duynhoven on drums. Recorded by VPRO radio live in O42 Arnhem. The main reason to publish this EP is the marvellous solo by Tobias Delius on tenor, and as an introduction to my music.
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Plint, one new release and 4 selected tracks from the other cd's
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Granddisque (Space)


What a relief to be able to breathe and stroll around freely in a 'space' that is not unnecessarily cluttered. There is no need for excessive loudness, as the clarity of the performance enables the listener to hear every single detail of what is on offer. A virtue only too easily forgotten in contemporary orchestral jazz. Chris Abelen has undeniably reached a very high standard.
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Downbeat (Dance of the Penguins)

On his debut as a frontman, Dutch trombonist Abelen's terse, potent compositions serve as seed bed for his band's economical improvisations, and his deft players cultivate some very special flora, indeed.
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GROOVEMASTER (PROOST)

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...
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All Music Guide

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. The trombonist has expanded his technical abilities without sacrificing the distinct primitive tonal qualities that make his blowing so attractive.
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