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Featuring the music of Chris Abelen
From the Songs on the eve of dismissal concert at Bimhuis in June 2019; "I hate to let you go" is performed by the Chris Abelen Septet featuring Lorena del Mar. Trumpet solo by Angelo Verploegen.
"The troubling themes and musical expressiveness of Songs on the eve of dismissal are suggestive of a dramatic theater piece or opera, and indeed, Abelen and Geleijnse are finalizing the script for a stage production comprising the Songs. But the wonderful thing about this recording is that you can either get out the Kleenex or enjoy the music the way you would any great jazz vocalist with a terrific band. This dual function of jazz is part of a tradition. You can listen to Billie Holiday or Frank Sinatra either way. It’s only possible with a composer, lyricist, singer, band, and arranger like those in this album who know how to make it work."
—Victor L. Schermer, All About Jazz (from the Songs on the eve of dismissal liner notes)