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Chris Abelen has produced 4 CD’s and 1 EP. On these recordings Chris Abelen wrote all the compositions, for a quartet to a tentet. These titles are performed by some of the finest improvising musicians from the Netherlands, such as Tobias Delius, Corrie van Binsbergen, Wilbert de Joode and Charles Huffstadt on his 2 Quintet CD’s (Dance of the Penguins and What a romance). On Space this quintet also plays with the Zapp ! String Quartet and Ab Baars (clarinet).

Plint ! is an EP, with one new release, Plint, performed by a quartet with Martin van Duynhoven on drums, and Delius and De Joode. The other 4 pieces are from previously released recordings.
This EP can be seen as an introduction to his music.
PROOST is a live recording for the Dutch broadcasting NOS, recorded during an end of the year festival in Amsterdam, Klap op de Vuurpijl, organized by Willem Breuker.

Sheet Music of all the recorded titles is available, as print or download. Please sent a request if the line-up doesn’t match, or the titles are not published and available in the shop.

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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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  • chrisabelen

    from the album Space by Chris Abelen On the beach & In the deep blue sea, 2 short movie featuring Ab Baars & Tobias Delius on clarinet and Chris Abelen on trombone. Performed by the Chris Abelen Quintet, Zapp! String Quartet. CD's available at Please visit this site for more recordings, sheet music and updates for new releases.

    6 Apr 2011 Reply

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