N∆BOU is the musical project founded by Nabou Claerhout in 2016. The music of the band and their unique sound and use of the trombone are very different from what we hear nowadays. Besides the jazzy sound of J.J. Johnson, the fresh and funky power of Fred Wesley and the fusion of Robin Eubanks, the jazz audience doesn’t get to hear much other facets of the instrument these days. Especially on a European level, the window is open for a new generation of musicians.
Thanks to their refreshing trombone sound, innovative effects and original approach of compositions, this young but very promising quartet is part of this current movement. Nabou Claerhout (trombone), Trui Amerlinck (double bass), Roeland Celis (guitar) and Mathias Vercammen (drums) want to introduce the extensive possibilities of the trombone instrument to their spectators and show its worth in the jazz-&-beyond scene of today.
In October 2019, the group self-released a first EP titled ‘Hubert‘. With this collection of songs, N∆BOU is treading an original path full of daring musical choices, which always go hand in hand with strong musical interplay and engaging interaction. At the same time, each of the musicians has plenty of room to add their own personal touches: up-tempo grooves are alternated with contemplative, melancholy melodies and the band often surprises with harmonies as well. The EP soon received critical acclaim from the press.
N∆BOU’s debut album is set for release in fall 2021.