Thursday, November 19, 2009


Although "Proost" is Chris Abelen's third album (released in 2002 on bvhaast), the actual recording on this disc is from almost twenty years ago.

In 1992, Chris Abelen got commissioned to write and to perform a set for Willem Breuker's "Klap Op De Vuurpijl" festival. Not only did Chris write the music, he also assembled a ten-piece band to perform it. "Proost" brings us the recording of this concert.

The presence of saxophones, a clarinet, a trumpet, a tube and a trombone, besides the guitar, bass and percussion, makes this a very energetic ensemble.
To my ears, the music sounds as a mixture between modern jazz and contemporary classical music.

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