albums
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The audience is growing - a solo trombone album - improvisation only - new 2020 album
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new album - 9 original tracks, starting as a minus one project, separate tracks recording of the individual instruments in 2020 - band in a box tracks and sheet music already available for playing along
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A gospel for those consigned to cubicle life, Chris Abelen’s new album captures the angst and ennui of the career office employee.
Band camp Jazz Pick
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A gospel for those consigned to cubicle life, Chris Abelen’s new album captures the angst and ennui of the career office employee.
Band camp Jazz Pick
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Trombone improvisations as a warming-up, with Logic Pro X samples, also available as minus one files.
Single released in 2018, album release in 2020
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'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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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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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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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