GHU! Project

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The Abe Rábade GHU! Project was created in 2001 willing to experiment with a wider instrumental format than the trio (quintet, sextet or jazz septet) and to explore compositions and arrangements where the variety of timbre and the counterpoint are essencial factors.

The first release of the band was the GHU! Project vol.1, a CD recorded in 2002, but edited in 2004 by Karonte. This album featured Chris Kase (trumpet and flügelhorn), Jesús Santandreu (tenor sax), Michel González (guitar), Abe Rábade (piano), Paco Charlín (double bass) and Ramón Ángel Rey (drums).

During the celebration of the Holly Year of 2004 in Galiza (Xacobeo 2004) the band offered the special concert Cantigas Suite (a revision of XIII century Galician medieval music in a contemporary context -featuring Portuguese singer Mísia).

The second album of the GHU! Project is Open Doors (2008), in a septet format with Chris Kase (trumpet and flügelhorn), Perico Sambeat (saxo alto), Jesús Santandreu (tenor sax), Alan Ferber (trombone), Abe Rábade (piano), Nelson Cascais (double bass) and Bruno Pedroso (drums).

In March of 2009 is released Open Doors Live in Santiago, a DVD that captures the live performance of the band in the Capital of Galiza.

The repertoire of the GHU! Project is based on original compositions by Abe Rábade. A wide variety of jazz flavours are treated: energetic hard bop, lyrical character in ballads and medium tempos, rhythmic experimentation and the always present respect for jazz tradition.

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