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ARTICLE: DVD/FILM REVIEWS

Open Land: Meeting John Abercrombie

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John Abercrombie
Open Land: Meeting John Abercrombie
Music Heritage Productions / ECM Records
2018

It's almost a year to the day since the world lost John Abercrombie and, for many of his fans, that loss remains something still deeply and palpably felt. A guitarist who managed to be instantly recognizable without relying on ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

John Abercrombie Quartet: Up and Coming

Read "Up and Coming" reviewed by Matthew Aquiline

Guitarist John Abercrombie has long been a stalwart artist for Manfred Eicher's ECM Records, steadily releasing albums as a leader since 1975's fusion masterpiece Timeless (ECM). A true guitar virtuoso, Abercrombie's adaptability and dexterous command over his instrument have secured his exalted rank within the jazz realm and beyond. Now, over 40 years after his debut, ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

John Abercrombie on ECM - Part 1: Through the '80s

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Now that the The First Quartet set of recordings by guitarist/composer John Abercrombie from 1979-1981 has been released, it is as good a time as any to explore Abercrombie's career on ECM as a leader/co-leader, plus some his work as a sideman.
There is a famous epithet from Bill Evans: “Jazz is not a ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

John Abercrombie: The First Quartet

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In many ways guitarist John Abercrombie's recordings with his first quartet represent his real coming of age, as a jazz guitarist, composer, and bandleader. He already had a substantial ECM discography behind him, including his fusion debut Timeless (1975); the overdubbed solo record Characters (1977); the first trio with Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette, the self-titled ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

John Abercrombie: The First Quartet

Read "The First Quartet" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In his more than thirty year career--almost exclusively with ECM--guitarist John Abercrombie has more often than not confined his formation to smaller groups ranging from solo through quartet. He has been less restricted in the style of music he creates and that diversity is demonstrated with mixed results on The First Quartet. The albums included in ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

John Abercrombie: Characters

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John Abercrombie
Characters
ECM Records
1978

Guitarist John Abercrombie's emergence as a guitarist of singularity seems, in retrospect to have happened very quickly. A band member in the horn-driven jazz-rock band Dreams alongside drummer Billy Cobham and the Brecker Brothers, as well as stints with fusion keyboardist Barry Miles, saxophonist Gato Barbieri and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

John Abercrombie Quartet: 39 Steps

Read "39 Steps" reviewed by Andrew Luhn

Guitarist John Abercrombie has had a long and successful association with ECM records and for his latest release, 39 Steps, he completes his quartet with a piano. Abercombie had success with this format in the 1970s with Richie Beirach, George Mraz, and Peter Donald, but in the past 10 years his ECM releases have been more ...

Toshiko Akiyoshi - Lew Tabackin Big Band: Mosaic Select

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Toshiko Akiyoshi & Lew Tabackin
Toshiko Akiyoshi - Lew Tabackin Big Band: Mosaic Select
Mosaic Records
2008

Jazz was never more schizophrenic than in the 1970s. On the one hand, musicians equally savvy about mixing genres and running mixing boards were selling out arenas and producing lucrative, widely ...

Peter Donald, Abraham Laboriel, Tom Ranier: 3PRIME

Read "3PRIME" reviewed by Dave Nathan

3Prime is three stalwarts of jazz. Drummer Peter Donald has been the anchor for many a rhythm section having played with everyone from Zoot Sims to John Abercrombie. Abraham Laboriel also has an impressive resume having backed both pop and jazz personages. He has also been on many ECM albums, one of the foremost labels of ...