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John Abercrombie


Over a career spanning more than 40 years and nearly 50 albums, {{m: John Abercrombie = 3242}} established himself as one the masters of jazz guitar. Favoring unusual sounds (he played electronic mandolin on McCoy Tyner's 1993 album 4x4) and nontraditional ensembles (recent quartet recordings have included violinist Mark Feldman), Abercrombie was a restless experimenter, working firmly in the jazz tradition while pushing the boundaries of meter and harmony.” Born on December 16, 1944 in Port Chester, New York, Abercrombie grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut, where he began playing the guitar at age 14


Article: Album Review

Jack DeJohnette: Sorcery

Read "Sorcery" reviewed by Rob Garratt

Which Jack DeJohnette is best known? The subtle sticksmith at the heart of Keith Jarrett's Standards Trio, perhaps? Probably the heavyweight hitter driving electric-era Miles Davis' '70s sonic brew. Maybe the percussive upstart propelling Charles Lloyd to crossover flower-power fame? Or even the fearless bandleader behind the ever-thrilling Special Edition band ... ...


Article: Album Review

Pete McCann: Without Question

Read "Without Question" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Guitarist and composer Pete McCann pulls out all the stops on Without Question, his seventh album as leader, unveiling his singular talents on everything from burners ("Without Question," “Trifecta") to ballads ("I Can Remember," “January," “Lost City"), blues ("Blues for O.M."), burlesque ("Conspiracy Theory"), biting commentary ("Erase the Hate") and borrowed themes ("Lovely Thing"). McCann, a ...


Article: Album Review

Jack DeJohnette: Sorcery

Read "Sorcery" reviewed by Scott Gudell

Jack DeJohnette gets around. The Chicago born drummer was drawn to R&B and bebop in the late 1950s and eventually toyed with a more avant-garde jazz sound when he spent some time with the esoteric Sun Ra. It seems like DeJohnette played in the big leagues almost from the beginning since, by the time he moved ...


Article: Interview

John Apelgren: Jazz, Resilience, and the Forbidden People

Read "John Apelgren: Jazz, Resilience, and the Forbidden People" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

With a career spanning 30 years in the music scene, John Apelgren can boast experiences like few others. As an integral part of what is called the jazz scene or jazz culture in Macedonia, he has performed with various jazz ensembles, ranging from the old Radio Television Skopje (RTS) Big Band to performances with the new ...

Article: Album Review

Marc van Vugt: The Lonely Coyote

Read "The Lonely Coyote" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Prima o poi, nella vita di quasi ogni chitarrista viene il momento di realizzare un disco in solitudine, senza altri strumenti che il proprio, in una (o più) delle tante varietà possibili. Per l'olandese Marc Van Vugt questo momento è arrivato alla fine del 2022, quando ha pubblicato il suo primo album di sola chitarra dopo ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ben Rosenblum, Teodross Avery, John Taylor and Others

Read "Ben Rosenblum, Teodross Avery, John Taylor and Others" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This show is a mixture of older and newer jazz, featuring current artists like Teodross Avery and Ben Rosenblum and names from the past such as John Taylor and Booker Little. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air ...


News: Recording

Guitarist Oscar Penas' New Album Release, 'Chicken Or Pasta' Is A Fun Listen Right Out Of The Gate

Guitarist Oscar Penas' New Album Release, 'Chicken Or Pasta' Is A Fun Listen Right Out Of The Gate

Coming on the heels of 2022’s Almadraba, his deeply evocative suite drawing on Andalusian culture and brimming with Iberian, classical, and flamenco flavors, Oscar Penas’ latest finds him returning to his jazz roots. Once again accompanied by 6-string electric bassist Moto Fukushima and drummer Richie Barshay, his regular rhythm tandem for the past 14 years, and ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

James Francies, Graham Costello's Strata and Cameron Graves

Read "James Francies, Graham Costello's Strata and Cameron Graves" reviewed by Len Davis

Mark Lettieri from Deep:The Baritone Sessions, from the UK Svarc-Hanley-Longhorn, from Switzerland, Final Step from Disconnections , Funky sounds from Shane Theriot, from Still Motion, New York pianist James Francies from his Blue Note release Purest Form. Also, some jazz from drummer Bruce Ditmas, with guitarist John Abercrombie, Indonesian guitarist Tohpati from Maru. Closing it out ...


Article: Live Review

Tommy Halferty, Cormac O'Brien, Greg Felton At Scott's Jazz Club

Read "Tommy Halferty, Cormac O'Brien, Greg Felton At Scott's Jazz Club" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Tommy Halferty, Cormac O'Brien, Greg Felton Scott's Jazz Club Jazz In The Round jny:Belfast, N. Ireland March 31, 2023 Sergei Rachmaninoff surely wouldn't have minded. As Chamber Choir Ireland was tackling the Russian composer's choral masterpiece All Night Vigil in a Belfast monastery, across town in Ballyhackamore another ...


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