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John Scofield: John Scofield

Read "John Scofield" reviewed by Ian Patterson


John Scofield has spent the best part of his illustrious career leading or co-leading trios and quartets, with just the occasional quintet or sextet outing. Even his only duo collaboration, Solar (Palo Alto, 1984) with John Abercrombie, expanded to a quartet with George Mraz and Peter Donald on three of the seven tracks. Yes, Scofield enjoys ...

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Article: Film Review

Open Land: Meeting John Abercrombie

Read "Open Land: Meeting John Abercrombie" reviewed by John Kelman


John Abercrombie Open Land: Meeting John AbercrombieMusic Heritage Productions / ECM Records2018 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 ...

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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, ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

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

Read "John Abercrombie on ECM - Part 1: Through the '80s" reviewed by Budd Kopman


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 ...

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Article: Album Review

John Abercrombie: The First Quartet

Read "The First Quartet" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


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 ...

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Article: Album 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 ...

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Article: Rediscovery

John Abercrombie: Characters

Read "John Abercrombie: Characters" reviewed by John Kelman


John Abercrombie CharactersECM Records1978 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 ...

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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 ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Toshiko Akiyoshi - Lew Tabackin Big Band: Mosaic Select

Read "Toshiko Akiyoshi - Lew Tabackin Big Band: Mosaic Select" reviewed by Samuel Chell


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 played albums, with bass-heavy danceable beats or soothing instrumental sounds tailor-made for air play on FM radio. At the other extreme, many of the jazz ...


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