Chris Abelen

Recordings & Sheet Music

BANK (CAMP-001) was originally written 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 in B flat, 4 Trombones, Piano, Electric Guitar, Double Bass & Drums

The soprano saxophone plays the lead and solo

Please view & listen to the sampled audio & video file to get a first impression

Free download charts of BANK in exchange for an audio and/or Youtube recording of this piece
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New upcoming project

Make money, not love

(provisional line-up)

Lyrics & Accordion -
Bastiaan Geleijnse
Trumpet & Voice -
Felicity Provan
Clarinet, Soprano & Alto Saxophone -
Bart van der Putten
Trombone - Chris Abelen
Baritone Saxophone & Bass Clarinet -
Tini Thomsen
Guitar -
Corrie van Binsbergen
Double Bass -
Hein Offermans
Drums -
Yonga Sun

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Plint ! is an EP with a newly published tune, Plint, for jazz quartet.
The other 4 tunes also appear on CAMP 001CD, 002CD & 004CD.
Plint ! (CAMP 005EP) is an introduction to my music.
All tunes are also available as sheet music & ringtone and can be heard on all major streaming services.

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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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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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