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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.
Chris Abelen has played with the Willem Breuker Kollektief (1984-1987), Dick de Graaf Septet (1988), J.C.Tans Orchestra (1988-1989), Contraband (1989-2000), Eric van der Westen Octet (1991-1992), and Paradise Regained Orchestra (1995).
Chris Abelen started at the age of 7, with playing the trumpet. This seemed to be a little early, so he tried again at 11.
After 7 years he switched to trombone and studied classical trombone in Tilburg with Charles Toet and Henri Aarts and also formed a big-band to conduct and arrange.
After 4 years of classical study he switched to jazz and improvisation in Amsterdam with Willem van Manen.
Chris Abelen, trombone
29 september 1959
(b) Tilburg, the Netherlands
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