After years of refusal, here it is: my own personal homepage!
Now that I have it, I am glad to be able to present some information about myself as a person and most of all about my music activities at this point.
The latest project I worked on has been a very dear matter to me for many years. Namely to record a whole album full of beautiful ballads with wonderful fellow jazz musicians.
Therefore I am very happy to introduce to you “The Windmills Of Your Mind” – the result of a little personal dream coming true. If you are interested in this piece of work, the double CD will be released on 30th March this year, and will be available to you in record stores and at agogo-records.com from then on. You can also get the album on vinyl or simply download it.
Ok, so much for the update. But now I hope you will have fun rummaging through this site.
Stephan Abel - saxophone player (also flute, bass clarinet) born 1964, studied music at the Jazz School Munich and the "Musikhochschule" in Cologne, Germany.
The time in Conners’ band proved to be crucial for Stephan’s development of his own style of playing and his understanding of live music. Meeting and learning from many African-American jazz and rhythm’n’blues musicians of Gene Conners’ musical invironment, Stephan’s unique saxophone sound could and still can best be described as gripping and direct, attributes which show a more American than typical European orientation. Throughout his career, Abel has had the chance to play in various formations and thereby learning from older musicians such as Lionel Hampton, Jimmy Woode, Benny Bailey and Dr. Lonnie Smith who shared their knowledge and experiences with the youngster from Europe with pleasure.
In 2005 Stephan Abel recorded the much-noticed duo album “My Kind Of World” with Jimmy Woode, which at its core is an acknowledgement to their deep friendship.
But Stephan would not view himself as a pure jazz musician only. As his endeavours in the past have shown, he has no fear of contact concerning other ranges of music stylistics. Especially when it comes down to rhythm and blues. But also pop and rock music are no forbidden genres for him. He gave concerts and went on tour with musicians such as Randy Crawford, The Temptations, Inga Rumpf, Angela Brown and Roger Cicero, in whose band he was a steady member for four years and is heard on nearly all CDs.
Most recently, Stephan put his time and effort in many different projects with his congenial partner Lutz Krajenski (hammond, piano and arrangement) and Rolf Zielke (piano, composing; CD: “Rolf Zielke – Handel Jazz”). To mention a few projects developed by Abel and Krajenski: “After Hours” (CD: “There I Go”, feat. Roger Cicero), “SALT” (CD: “La Solution”). And Stephan can be heard in several of Rolf Zielke’s formations not only playing saxophone but also the flute and bass clarinet.
Abel’s latest work – “The Windmills Of Your Mind” – is actually a little dream coming true for him. When he became 50 years old, he recorded this album which consists of jazz ballads only. It is a very personal double album for Stephan where all musicians taking part bring forward the deep rooted intimacy of the songs through an uncompromising candour in their playing. At the moment, Stephan is on tour with exactly those musicians. Namely Buggy Braune (piano), Olaf Casimir (bass), Heinz Lichius (drums) and as a guest Ken Norris (vocals) (CD/double Venyl: Stephan Abel, “The Windmills Of Your Mind”, agogo records; release 30th March 2015).
This is a selection of my most important and latest releases. As a sideman I have worked together with numerous artists such as Randy Crawford, The Temptations, Lionel Hampton, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Maria Joao, Otto Wolters, Charly Antolini, Angela Brown, Janice Harrington, Barbara Dennerlein and many more...
|Sat., 16. May 2020||Hannover||Jazzclub||Germany|
|Stephan Abel Quartett: Windmills & More feat. Ken Norris|
Contact - For booking requests or questions about my projects feel free to write me. I am looking forward to your message.