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John Abercrombie

John Abercrombie's tying together of jazz's many threads made him one of the most influential acoustic and electric guitarists of the 1970s and early '80s; his recordings for ECM have helped define that label's progressive chamber jazz reputation. His star has since faded somewhat, due largely to the general conservatism that's come to dominate jazz, though he has remained a vital creative personality. Abercrombie's style draws upon all manner of contemporary improvised music; his style is essentially jazz-based, but he also displays a more-than-passing familiarity with forms that range from folk and rock to Eastern and Western art musics.

Abercrombie attended Boston's Berklee College of Music from 1962 to 1966. While at Berklee, the guitarist toured with bluesman Johnny Hammond. After relocating to New York in 1969, Abercrombie spent time in groups led by drummers Chico Hamilton and Billy Cobham. It was with the latter's Spectrum group that Abercrombie first received widespread attention. Abercrombie's first album as leader was Timeless, a trio album with drummer Jack DeJohnette and keyboardist Jan Hammer. That was followed by Gateway, another trio with DeJohnette, and bassist Dave Holland replacing Hammer. Abercrombie's subtle and lyrical style is heard to best effect in small, intimate settings, with the recurring Gateway trio or as captured in duos with fellow guitarist Ralph Towner.

Abercrombie continued to be active as the 21st century opened, releasing Cat 'n' Mouse in 2002, Class Trip in 2004, A Nice Idea (with pianist Andy LaVerne) in 2005, Structures (recorded with a single microphone) in 2006, and Third Quartet in 2007. Wait Till You See Her appeared in 2009. In 2011, the guitarist issued Speak to Me, a duet recording with pianist Marc Copland on the German Pirouet label. He followed it with quartet recording Within a Song for ECM. His band on the date included drummer Joey Barron, saxophonist Joe Lovano, and bassist Drew Gress. In October of 2013, another quartet session appeared on the label. Entitled 39 Steps, its lineup contained only one change, as Copland replaced Lovano. ~ Chris Kelsey, Rovi
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Mr Abercrombie has such a sweet tone !!!! & with the Hammond b3 it SWINGS !!!!! ALL DAY MUSIC FOR THE SOUL x
On HELL'S GATE, Mr Abercrombie gets his THANG ON !!!! Classic trio X
77jbryant77
amazing talent, love myrophine
POTUS should honor Mr Abercrombie !!! X
I saw Abercrombie with Dreams at UMASS back in the 70s. He is an amazingly proficient guitarist and he supplied a wonderful voice to his instrument that blended well with the other heavy weights in the group at the time; Michael and Randy Brecker and Billy Cobham among others. Would like to hear more from him.
Classic... What little hair I have left still stands when I hear this recording.
If the hair bands of the 90's had gone this route, there wouldn't be giant epitaph where their bloviated monuments to musical self-indulge n c e once stood. Nuff said.
jorgevalenti n e
My, John Abercrombie' s face has really changed....
rcarlberg
Why doe the profile for Peter Erskine come up under John Abercrombie' s name?
wagnergitira n a
IT TAKES YOU AWAY IN ANOTHER DIMENSION ON THIS PLANET.
i like kurt rosenwinkel also. wkcr 89.9fm radio nyc is alive and well
So effortless and timeless, as it takes you away
compass70
You can't be hyper - or anxious when you listen to this. So relaxing!
nelson4wave
have enjoyed this artist for years
rgi_dc
I dont want it to stop
Abercrombie is incredible. His work with Kenny Wheeler is worth checking out. If you like this, explore Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ben Monder, Jim Hall, Dave Gilmore (not the Pink Floyd guy), and Adam Rodgers. Oh, and the terrific Steve Kahn.
Back when I was a kid, I went to see a porno - Timeless was being used as the musical score! huh! Wonder if John ever got paid....LMAO

Interesting I didn't know too much about John except that as a guitar player I knew he has a lot of educational jazz material out... Good stuff... BTW I lucked upon Hammer, Cobham and Mcglaughlin at the local University in 1971 playing their newly released album "Birds of Fire". I was 16 or 17 at the time and had never seen anything like it then or since...Funn y , in thinking about them and that concert, one couldn't whistle a single song they played that night...haha h a h a !
nice to spend time w/above musicians, especially Billy C!
bopspops
On a whim I saw him live in NYC and have been into his music ever since. Lots missing from the discography above...chec k out Characters or Animato.
schultzdigit a l
i love his style..his music is very moody for me and takes me on journey's it seems....thx

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