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Article: Year in Review

Il Meglio del 2017 secondo Mario Calvitti

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Premessa doverosa: la lista che segue non ha la pretesa di rappresentare il meglio dell'anno in termini assoluti (al giorno d'oggi chi è che ha la possibilità di seguire tutto quello che viene pubblicato?), né di voler definire una sorta di riassunto dell'anno appena trascorso, ma più semplicemente riflett quello che ho maggiormente apprezzato nell'ambito di ...


Article: Year in Review

Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2017

Read "Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

No genre breakdown this year. I've included every release that I rated at 4.5 stars or better, plus a number of 4 star reviews (that was the hard part, as there were lots of those). ECM had an exceptionally strong year, and I had trouble limiting my selection even this much. This is a chronological list, ...


Article: Album Review

John Abercrombie Quartet: Up and Coming

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Up and Coming is the second release by this version of the John Abercrombie Quartet, following 39 Steps (ECM, 2013). It further cements the longtime relationship between Abercrombie and pianist Marc Copland, which extends back to when both were playing in Chico Hamilton's band in the early '70s (Copland was still playing alto saxophone then, before ...


Article: Album 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: Album Review

John Abercrombie Quartet: Up and Coming

Read "Up and Coming" reviewed by John Kelman

Starting the new year with, if not precisely a bang, a nevertheless unforgettable record whose strength lies in pristine lyricism, nuanced group interplay and writing that capitalizes on the entire quartet's appreciation of subtlety over gymnastics and refined lyricism over angularity, John Abercrombie's Up and Coming--ECM's first release of the year--is also founded strongly on the ...


Article: Live Review

John Abercrombie Quartet at Library and Archives Canada

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John Abercrombie Quartet TD Ottawa Jazz Festival Winter Jazz Festival, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Canada February 15, 2014 It's always a treat to see some of your jazz heroes performing in your hometown, but it's an even greater pleasure to see some of them performing together in ...

Article: Album Review

John Abercrombie Quartet: 39 Steps

Read "39 Steps" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il nuovo CD di John Abercrombie vede ancora un cambio di formazione nel suo quartetto. Al posto del sax tenore di Joe Lovano, presente nel precedente Within a Song ritorna il pianoforte, che mancava dai tempi del quartetto con Richie Beirach negli anni '80, affidato a Marc Copland, compagno di vecchia data del chitarrista qui al ...


Article: Album 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 ...


Article: Extended Analysis

39 Steps

Read "39 Steps" reviewed by John Kelman

John Abercrombie has rarely played with pianists, at least in his own groups and throughout his extensive discography as a leader for ECM Records that began with the immediate classic, 1975's Timeless. Other than a brief reunion with that record's group for 1984's Night, the veteran guitarist has, in fact, only recorded with one other piano-based ...

Article: Album Review

John Abercrombie Quartet: Within a Song

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Il nuovo lavoro del chitarrista John Abercrombie lo vede alla guida di un inedito quartetto. Del precedente, con cui ha inciso vari dischi nell'ultimo decennio, resta il solo Joey Baron, mentre il sassofonista Joe Lovano, già al suo fianco ai tempi di Open Land, sostituisce il violinista Mark Feldman, e Drew Gress prende il posto del ...


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