Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Last Sunday, I went to the Travelling Light festival in Breda, NL.
I saw CRAM and Flat Earth Society.
Excellent times two.
They were responsable for the big smile on my face.

The result was that I was in a jazzy mood, so I picked out Chris Abelen's "Space" to end the day.

"Space" is a very impressive album. Not only because the Chris Abelen Quintet is made up of Chris Abelen, Tobias Delius, Corrie van Binsbergen, Wilbert de Joode and Charles Huffstadt, but also because "Space" features the Zapp! String Quartet, and has Ad Baars as special guest.

The result of having the quintet, the string quartet and Ab Baars' free jazz clarinet is astonishing. There's melodic passages that could creat their own movies, there's spacy free jazz (Ab!), great guitar work, and high energy trombone solos, contrasting with the strict string parts.

If you're not familiar with Chris Abelen's music, "Space" would be a good place to start.

Essential listening.

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