JOHN ABERCROMBIE

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John Laird Abercrombie (December 16, 1944 – August 22, 2017) was an American jazz guitarist, composer and bandleader. His work explored jazz fusion, post bop, free jazz and avant-garde jazz. Abercrombie studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He recorded his debut album, Timeless with Manfred Eicher's ECM label, and recorded principally with this label since then. Abercrombie played with Billy Cobham, Ralph Towner, Jack DeJohnette, Charles Lloyd, Michael Brecker and Randy Brecker. He was known for his spare, understated and eclectic style and his work with organ trios.

John Abercrombie was born on December 16, 1944, in Port Chester, New York. He picked up the guitar at the age of 14. He began by playing along to Chuck Berry, but discovered jazz by listening to Barney Kessel. He attended Berklee College of Music from 1962 to 1966 and studied under famed guitar educator Jack Petersen. He often played
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Open Land: Meeting John AbercrombieOpen Land: Meeting John Abercrombie
Ecm 2018
$21.96
$22.69 (used)
TimelessTimeless
Reissued
Ecm Import 2000
$11.49
$7.00 (used)
ECM Touchstones: GatewayECM Touchstones: Gateway
ECM 2008
$6.99
$5.90 (used)
Open LandOpen Land
Ecm Import 1999
$10.58
$9.50 (used)
TacticsTactics
Ecm Records 1997
$5.91 (used)
Current EventsCurrent Events
Reissued
Ecm 1991
$11.99
$6.41 (used)
Within A SongWithin A Song
ECM Records 2012
$13.00
$7.58 (used)
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Atmospheres Clive Stevens John Abercrombie Ralph Towner LP 1974 Atmospheres Clive Stevens John Abercrombie Ralph Towner LP 1974 USD $12.00 Buy It Now 5 days
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GIL EVANS Plays Jimi Hendrix 1974 SEALED LP w/John Abercrombie GIL EVANS Plays Jimi Hendrix 1974 SEALED LP w/John Abercrombie USD $12.34 Buy It Now 5 days
John Abercrombie - Echoes (2007) CD ALBUM C12 John Abercrombie - Echoes (2007) CD ALBUM C12 USD $15.91 Buy It Now 5 days
Current Events by John Abercrombie (CD, 1986, ECM) PolyGram West Germany VG+ Current Events by John Abercrombie (CD, 1986, ECM) PolyGram West Germany VG+ USD $33.74 Buy It Now 5 days
John Abercrombie Quartet John Abercrombie Quartet "M Vinyl LP ECM 1-1191 1981 USD $9.98 Buy It Now 5 days
John Abercrombie John Abercrombie "Night" Vinyl LP ECM1272 1984 Jan Hammer Jack DeJohnette EX USD $12.98 Buy It Now 5 days
John Abercrombie John Abercrombie "Characters" Vinyl Solo LP ECM1-272 1978 EX Electric Mandolin USD $14.98 Buy It Now 5 days
Dave Liebman Drum Ode Vinyl LP ECM Records 1046 1975 John Abercrombie Fusion Dave Liebman Drum Ode Vinyl LP ECM Records 1046 1975 John Abercrombie Fusion USD $8.99 Buy It Now 5 days
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JOHN ABERCROMBIE - Straight Flight ~ JAM 5001 *1979* wGeorge Mraz, Donald - JOHN ABERCROMBIE - Straight Flight ~ JAM 5001 *1979* wGeorge Mraz, Donald - USD $22.99 Buy It Now 7 days
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JOHN ABERCROMBIE Discography

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JOHN ABERCROMBIE Timeless album cover 3.69 | 12 ratings
Timeless
Fusion 1975
JOHN ABERCROMBIE Gateway (with Dave Holland & Jack DeJohnette) album cover 3.45 | 12 ratings
Gateway (with Dave Holland & Jack DeJohnette)
Fusion 1975
JOHN ABERCROMBIE Sargasso Sea (with Ralph Towner) album cover 3.39 | 10 ratings
Sargasso Sea (with Ralph Towner)
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1976
JOHN ABERCROMBIE Characters album cover 3.50 | 6 ratings
Characters
Fusion 1978
JOHN ABERCROMBIE Gateway 2 (with Dave Holland & Jack DeJohnette) album cover 3.39 | 9 ratings
Gateway 2 (with Dave Holland & Jack DeJohnette)
Fusion 1978
JOHN ABERCROMBIE Straight Flight (aka Direct Flight) album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Straight Flight (aka Direct Flight)
Fusion 1979
JOHN ABERCROMBIE Arcade album cover 3.83 | 6 ratings
Arcade
Fusion 1979
JOHN ABERCROMBIE Abercrombie Quartet album cover 4.00 | 4 ratings
Abercrombie Quartet
Fusion 1980
JOHN ABERCROMBIE M album cover 4.33 | 3 ratings
M
Fusion 1981
JOHN ABERCROMBIE Night album cover 3.75 | 4 ratings
Night
Fusion 1984
JOHN ABERCROMBIE Solar (with John Scofield) album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Solar (with John Scofield)
Post Bop 1984
JOHN ABERCROMBIE Current Events album cover 4.89 | 5 ratings
Current Events
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1986
JOHN ABERCROMBIE Getting There album cover 3.88 | 4 ratings
Getting There
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1988
JOHN ABERCROMBIE Animato album cover 4.50 | 3 ratings
Animato
Fusion 1990
JOHN ABERCROMBIE Witchcraft (with Don Thompson) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Witchcraft (with Don Thompson)
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1991
JOHN ABERCROMBIE November (with Mark Johnson & Peter Erskine) album cover 4.67 | 3 ratings
November (with Mark Johnson & Peter Erskine)
Fusion 1992
JOHN ABERCROMBIE While We're Young album cover 3.67 | 6 ratings
While We're Young
Fusion 1993
JOHN ABERCROMBIE Farewell album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Farewell
Fusion 1993
JOHN ABERCROMBIE John Abercrombie - Andy LaVerne Quartet : Now It Can Be Played album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
John Abercrombie - Andy LaVerne Quartet : Now It Can Be Played
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1993
JOHN ABERCROMBIE Speak of the Devil album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Speak of the Devil
Fusion 1994
JOHN ABERCROMBIE Gateway - Homecoming (with Dave Holland & Jack DeJohnette) album cover 3.70 | 5 ratings
Gateway - Homecoming (with Dave Holland & Jack DeJohnette)
Fusion 1995
JOHN ABERCROMBIE Gateway - In The Moment (with Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette) album cover 3.79 | 7 ratings
Gateway - In The Moment (with Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette)
Fusion 1996
JOHN ABERCROMBIE Open Land album cover 4.12 | 4 ratings
Open Land
Fusion 1999
JOHN ABERCROMBIE Noisy Old Men (with Mick Goodrick / Steve Swallow / Gary Chaffee) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Noisy Old Men (with Mick Goodrick / Steve Swallow / Gary Chaffee)
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2002
JOHN ABERCROMBIE Cat 'n' Mouse album cover 4.30 | 5 ratings
Cat 'n' Mouse
Fusion 2002
JOHN ABERCROMBIE Timelines (with Andy LaVerne) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Timelines (with Andy LaVerne)
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2003
JOHN ABERCROMBIE Alone Together (with Frank Haunschild) album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Alone Together (with Frank Haunschild)
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2004
JOHN ABERCROMBIE Class Trip album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Class Trip
Fusion 2004
JOHN ABERCROMBIE A Nice Idea (with Andy LaVerne) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Nice Idea (with Andy LaVerne)
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2005
JOHN ABERCROMBIE Echoes (with Arthur Blythe, Terri Lyne Carrington, Anthony Cox, Mark Feldman, Gust Tsilis) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Echoes (with Arthur Blythe, Terri Lyne Carrington, Anthony Cox, Mark Feldman, Gust Tsilis)
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2005
JOHN ABERCROMBIE The Third Quartet album cover 3.70 | 6 ratings
The Third Quartet
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2007
JOHN ABERCROMBIE The Nuttree Quartet - Standards album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Nuttree Quartet - Standards
Post Bop 2008
JOHN ABERCROMBIE (Another) Nuttree Quartet: Something Sentimental album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
(Another) Nuttree Quartet: Something Sentimental
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2009
JOHN ABERCROMBIE Wait Till You See Her album cover 4.33 | 3 ratings
Wait Till You See Her
Fusion 2009
JOHN ABERCROMBIE Within A Song album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Within A Song
Post Bop 2012
JOHN ABERCROMBIE 39 Steps album cover 4.55 | 2 ratings
39 Steps
Post Bop 2013
JOHN ABERCROMBIE Up And Coming album cover 4.05 | 2 ratings
Up And Coming
Post Bop 2017
JOHN ABERCROMBIE John Abercrombie-Dusan Bogdanovic-John Scofield : If You Could Hear Us Now album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
John Abercrombie-Dusan Bogdanovic-John Scofield : If You Could Hear Us Now
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2018

JOHN ABERCROMBIE EPs & splits

JOHN ABERCROMBIE John Abercrombie, George Marsh, Mel Graves ‎: Upon A Time album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
John Abercrombie, George Marsh, Mel Graves ‎: Upon A Time
Fusion 1989

JOHN ABERCROMBIE live albums

JOHN ABERCROMBIE John Abercrombie, Marc Johnson & Peter Erskine album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
John Abercrombie, Marc Johnson & Peter Erskine
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1989
JOHN ABERCROMBIE Tactics album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Tactics
Post Bop 1997
JOHN ABERCROMBIE John Abercrombie / Peter Erskine / Bob Mintzer / John Patitucci : The Hudson Project album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
John Abercrombie / Peter Erskine / Bob Mintzer / John Patitucci : The Hudson Project
Fusion 2000
JOHN ABERCROMBIE Structures album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Structures
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2006
JOHN ABERCROMBIE John Abercrombie & John Ruocco : Topics album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
John Abercrombie & John Ruocco : Topics
Post Bop 2007

JOHN ABERCROMBIE demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

JOHN ABERCROMBIE re-issues & compilations

JOHN ABERCROMBIE Works album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Works
Fusion 1989
JOHN ABERCROMBIE Speak Easy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Speak Easy
Post Bop 2003
JOHN ABERCROMBIE Rarum XIV Selected Recordings album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Rarum XIV Selected Recordings
Fusion 2004
JOHN ABERCROMBIE The First Quartet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The First Quartet
Fusion 2015

JOHN ABERCROMBIE singles (0)

JOHN ABERCROMBIE movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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The Abercrombie, Erskine, Mintzer, Patitucci Band: Live In New York City
Fusion 2004
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Open Land - Meeting John Abercrombie
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2018

JOHN ABERCROMBIE Reviews

JOHN ABERCROMBIE Up And Coming

Album · 2017 · Post Bop
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WINTERY

Despite being 12 minutes shorter, if you liked John Abercrombie's 2013 album 39 Steps, you should also enjoy 2017's Up and Coming. It features the same supporting cast (Marc Copland, piano, Drew Gress, double bass, Joey Baron, drums) and occupies a similar subtle, measured sound world. Which is not to say the two albums are carbon copies of each other. The end-of-summer wistfulness of 39 Steps has been replaced by a duskier, even chillier atmosphere on Up and Coming that fits in well with the ECM Records "winter afternoon jazz" mystique.

All the players are in fine form, and everyone receives plenty of solo space. This is definitely a band album, with not any one performer (least of all Abercrombie) dominating the material. Whimsically, Up and Coming opens with its two shortest compositions: a dirge entitled "Joy", and the up-tempo "Flipside" that is over before it starts. Copland's searching, thoughtful playing on "Sunday School" and the stately-yet-sobering "Tears" are true highlights. Gress's rumbling double-bass work and the brushes and cymbals of Baron contribute extensively to the album's hushed, sunset-glow textures. Still, it's Abercrombie's poignant, understated tones that make this album unique, with his soloing on "Silver Circle" and "Jumbles" letting everyone know that he hasn't been relegated to a "supporting player".

Since its release, Up and Coming has taken on an added pathos after proving to be Abercrombie's final album with his passing in August 2017. There are no foreboding glimpses into the abyss, nor is this a "grand summation"/"career retrospective" album. Comparisons to recordings from decades past are rather pointless, as Up and Coming looks neither backward nor forward. It's simply four marvelously talented players doing what they do best, saying everything they have to say in 47:16. In spite of its ironic title, this is a worthy addition to the discographies of all the performers, and like 95% of everything Abercrombie ever released, will stand the test of time and repeated listening. Special mention must be made of Sheilah Rechtschaffer's remarkable cover pastel, which (like many ECM covers) visually captures and encapsulates the music contained within.

JOHN ABERCROMBIE 39 Steps

Album · 2013 · Post Bop
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Steve Wyzard
SUBTLE, CALM, MEASURED

In a world of perpetual change, it's nice to know there are some things you can continue to count on. Take, for instance, the much-discussed "ECM Records sound": the haunted, melancholy, "wide open spaces" atmosphere that can be heard as far back as its early-1970s releases. If it's beautiful, autumnal, heartland, Sunday-afternoon chamber jazz you're looking for, you've come to the right place with longtime ECM guitarist John Abercrombie's 39 Steps.

Recorded in April 2013 with Marc Copland on piano, Drew Gress on double bass, and Joey Baron on drums, 39 Steps is much more, well, "down to earth" than his last few releases. Albums such as Class Trip, The Third Quartet, Wait Till You See Her, and Within a Song were more on the noir-ish, late-night side of Abercrombie's guitar-playing spectrum, while 39 Steps will prove to be much more compatible with those who enjoy the classic ECM sound. It should be stated from the outset that those looking for more of his fiery 1970s soloing or his 1980s experimental freak-outs may find this album somewhat pale in comparison. Tracks such as "Vertigo", "Bacharach", "Greenstreet", and "As It Stands" are best described as subdued, peaceful, or even relaxing. The compositions are strong, the solos are solid, and interest is always sustained, but this is not music that will disturb your neighbors. Copland's two compositions, "LST" and "Spellbound", are both much busier and simultaneously more mysterious. Long-time Abercrombie listeners are sure to enjoy "Another Ralph's". Quoting directly from "Ralph's Piano Waltz" (which appeared on both 1975's Timeless and 1986's Current Events), this song has Abercrombie out in front rather than just another player in the quartet. While the soloing spotlight is consistently shared amongst all the players, 39 Steps remains unequivocally a John Abercrombie album. "Shadow of a Doubt" is a group improv (another ECM trademark), and "39 Steps" is a mini-epic, appropriately summing up all that's come before. An offbeat, jesting cover of "Melancholy Baby" closes the album, leaving a smile on the face of all but the most determined listeners. And after a not-too-long (59:42) meandering journey, we're right back where we started.

With all the references to past glories, there's no doubt many will consider this a "long-past-his-prime, career-achievement" album. As a 30+ year listener to Abercrombie's fluid fretwork, I can only urge others to give the introspective and atmospheric textures of 39 Steps a real chance. Newbies may not be impressed, but they are gladly referred to the earlier albums (such as the two mentioned above) of one of the greatest jazz guitarists of our time. While 39 Steps may be lacking in intensity, it more than compensates in true artistry, and not just on cloudy Sunday afternoons.

JOHN ABERCROMBIE While We're Young

Album · 1993 · Fusion
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Steve Wyzard
THUNDERSTORM FADING TO SLOW DRIZZLE

The 1990s were not a golden age for ECM Records in general, or for John Abercrombie in particular. He entered the decade still focused on the guitar-synth/electronic experimentalism that was not popular with his fan base. Then he formed the trio featured on this album, with Dan Wall on Hammond organ and Adam Nussbaum on drums. While We're Young is the best of the three albums this trio recorded, but for those who were hoping for another album along the lines of 1975's Timeless, you may be disappointed. Which is not to say that it's a bad album, but it could have been so much more.

While We're Young is quite simply a dichotomy: the first four tracks feature the atmospheric, boundary-pushing music Abercrombie is known for, while the last four tracks are much more relaxed, and well, mellow. Listen to the hushed opening measures of both "Rain Forest" and "Stormz". The former builds slowly to a fabulous pinched-tone Abercrombie electric solo. The latter showcases a drum/guitar duet, and Abercombie's bended/tremolo notes must be heard to be believed. On "Dear Rain", Nussbaum plays only cymbals over Abercrombie's clear tone and Wall's sustained chords. "Mirrors" is this album's most aggressive and uptempo number, with a drum/organ duet and Wall handling the bass line under Abercrombie's solo. It leads one to wonder what a double-bassist or electric-bassist could have contributed to Abercrombie's understated but distinctive, fluid yet bluesy playing on this album.

After an impressive start, the brakes are applied and the intensity fades. To put it plainly, the last four tracks are elusive, muted, effortless, moody, peaceful, leisurely, etc. There are occasional moments of vigor and energy, but for the most part both compositions and performances pale next to the previously established sound-world and blend one into another. Abercrombie's amplified acoustic on "Scomotion" would fit right in on most any Pat Metheny album of the last 20 years. Such a drastic change-of-pace on an album's second half is not unprecedented, but it is disheartening after such a promising beginning.

At 59:08, While We're Young doesn't overstay its welcome, but the final four tracks do not help matters. Perhaps it's unfair (especially with the passage of decades) to compare everything Abercrombie records with the incandescence of Timeless or 1976's Gateway, but a precedent was indisputably set. If you're a long-time Abercrombie listener, there is much to enjoy on this album, but it can't rightfully be classified among his best. Thankfully it doesn't meander into the long-winded aimlessness of some of his later albums, and it does provide enjoyable listening every time it comes off the shelf. But that's all.

JOHN ABERCROMBIE Current Events

Album · 1986 · Post-Fusion Contemporary
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Steve Wyzard
LATE SUMMER SUNSET

If you've come to this album looking for John Abercrombie's high-intensity fusion playing, you're in for a great disappointment. If, however, you are interested in his gifts as a composer, an interpreter, a technological innovator, and a mood-creator par excellence, this album is a must-have. Released in 1986, Current Events is not only one of Abercrombie's greatest albums/performances EVER, but also one of the very best albums released by ECM Records in the entire decade.

Current Events can be described as AUTUMNAL, but it never descends into overt sentimentality or nostalgia. With the exception of "Killing Time" (an over-the-top improv freak-out), this is a thought-provoking and atmospheric album. Songs like "Clint" and "Hippityville" are constructed with Abercrombie's guitar synth laying down a quirky pattern, adding Peter Erskine's solid drumming/amazing cymbal work and Marc Johnson's rumbling, adventuresome bass-playing, building slowly, and soloing on top. The acoustic guitar is prominently featured on "Lisa" and "Ralph's Piano Waltz" (originally recorded on the 1975 fusion classic Timeless).

The two performances that make this album one of the greats are also the two longest. Sammy Fain and Bob Hilliard's "Alice in Wonderland" (also covered by Bill Evans) opens with 1-1/2 minutes of the most hauntingly beautiful guitar playing you will ever hear. Then Johnson solos over Erskine's brushwork and you have a very unlikely masterpiece. "Still" is built on a mesmerizing, repeating cadence - close your eyes and you're in a vast cathedral listening to solemn chords on the pipe organ. Johnson (bass) and Abercrombie (acoustic guitar) both have their say before it fades into nothingness. The effect is absolutely unforgettable, embedding itself in the memory long after it's over. Still indeed.

Give Abercrombie credit for departing from expectations and giving us something truly different. He would continue with the guitar synth, and with Johnson and Erskine for the rest of the 1980s, but never again recaptured the atmospheres created on Current Events. While some will dismiss this as an experiment gone wrong or "mindless noodling", this late 80s masterwork has truly transcended its time and become one for the ages in spite of the risks taken.

JOHN ABERCROMBIE Timeless

Album · 1975 · Fusion
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Check the line-up. What did you imagine? Wrong. Jan Hammer is mainly playing the organ throughout, so his Mahavishnu synth lines are almost inexistent. Ironically, John Abercrombie is the one that reminds us of Mahavishnu, with the often fast guitar licks. But mind you, this is not high fuelled jazz rock.

One thing you probably didn't notice was that this album belongs to the ECM label. And yes, this label shows its characteristic mellow, moody and cold sound, already by 1974. Its ECM, I think, that restrains John and the rest from doing anything really rock-ish. And that's a good thing. The remaining member of the trio being the widely known drummer, Jack DeJohnette.

The six compositions share the label's dark and mysterious mood, but some with more powder than others. Both 'Red and Orange' and 'Lungs' will make you doubt if what I'm saying is actually true, since these two are very force-driven with an exhilarating band, but still these have some elements that are not usually heard on say Mahavishnu Orchestra or Return to Forever.

'Love Song' and 'Remembering' however, are acoustic, piano and guitar only. These remind me a bit of Metheny's mellow acoustic affairs, a man well associated with ECM, or also Bill Connors' acoustic albums, also an associate from the label.

The title track couldn't be more ECM-ish. Twelve minutes of slow-moving music that has very subtle elements. Probably Jan Hammer's greatest intervention with the Moog in his entire career, creating channels of mystery and psychedelicness. One will either dismiss this for its lack of memorable melodies, or praise it for its unique atmosphere and progression.

Timeless isn't exactly "timeless", but it's unmistakably a noteworthy album in any wide jazz collection, being an interesting and smart link between post-bop, fusion and ECM jazz. Recommended with the guarantee of discovering something pretty fresh, though not exactly stunning.

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