JOHN ABERCROMBIE
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Over a career spanning more than 40 years and nearly 50 albums, John Abercrombie has 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 is 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. Like many teenagers at the time, he started out imitating Chuck Berry licks. But it was the bluesy music of Barney Kessel that attracted him to jazz. Abercrombie enrolled at Boston's Berklee College of Music and teamed up with other students to play local clubs and bars. One of those clubs, Paul's Mall, was connected to a larger club
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Works [Vinyl]Works [Vinyl]
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ECM 2008
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TimelessTimeless
Import
Ecm Import 2000
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JOHN ABERCROMBIE Discography

JOHN ABERCROMBIE albums / top albums

.. Album Cover 3.80 | 12 ratings
Timeless
Classic Fusion 1975
.. Album Cover 3.45 | 12 ratings
Gateway (with Dave Holland & Jack DeJohnette)
Classic Fusion 1975
.. Album Cover 2.87 | 10 ratings
Sargasso Sea (with Ralph Towner)
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1976
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 6 ratings
Characters
Classic Fusion 1978
.. Album Cover 3.56 | 8 ratings
Gateway 2 (with Dave Holland & Jack DeJohnette)
Classic Fusion 1978
.. Album Cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Straight Flight (aka Direct Flight)
Classic Fusion 1979
.. Album Cover 3.83 | 6 ratings
Arcade
Classic Fusion 1979
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 4 ratings
Abercrombie Quartet
Classic Fusion 1980
.. Album Cover 4.33 | 3 ratings
M
Classic Fusion 1981
.. Album Cover 3.75 | 4 ratings
Night
Classic Fusion 1984
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Solar (with John Scofield)
Post Bop 1984
.. Album Cover 4.88 | 4 ratings
Current Events
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1986
.. Album Cover 3.88 | 4 ratings
Getting There
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1988
.. Album Cover 4.50 | 3 ratings
Animato
Classic Fusion 1990
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Witchcraft (with Don Thompson)
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1991
.. Album Cover 4.67 | 3 ratings
November (with Mark Johnson & Peter Erskine)
Classic Fusion 1992
.. Album Cover 3.92 | 6 ratings
While We're Young
Classic Fusion 1993
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Farewell
Classic Fusion 1993
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
John Abercrombie - Andy LaVerne Quartet : Now It Can Be Played
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1993
.. Album Cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Speak of the Devil
Classic Fusion 1994
.. Album Cover 4.12 | 4 ratings
Gateway - Homecoming (with Dave Holland & Jack DeJohnette)
Classic Fusion 1995
.. Album Cover 3.79 | 7 ratings
Gateway - In The Moment (with Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette)
Classic Fusion 1996
.. Album Cover 4.12 | 4 ratings
Open Land
Classic Fusion 1999
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Noisy Old Men (with Mick Goodrick / Steve Swallow / Gary Chaffee)
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2002
.. Album Cover 4.30 | 5 ratings
Cat 'n' Mouse
Classic Fusion 2002
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Timelines (with Andy LaVerne)
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2003
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Alone Together (with Frank Haunschild)
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2004
.. Album Cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Class Trip
Classic Fusion 2004
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Nice Idea (with Andy LaVerne)
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2005
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Echoes (with Arthur Blythe, Terri Lyne Carrington, Anthony Cox, Mark Feldman, Gust Tsilis)
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2005
.. Album Cover 3.62 | 6 ratings
The Third Quartet
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2007
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Nuttree Quartet - Standards
Post Bop 2008
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
(Another) Nuttree Quartet: Something Sentimental
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2009
.. Album Cover 4.33 | 3 ratings
Wait Till You See Her
Classic Fusion 2009
.. Album Cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Within A Song
Post Bop 2012
.. Album Cover 4.75 | 2 ratings
39 Steps
Post Bop 2013
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Up And Coming
Post Bop 2017

JOHN ABERCROMBIE EPs & splits

.. Album Cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
John Abercrombie, George Marsh, Mel Graves ‎: Upon A Time
Classic Fusion 1989

JOHN ABERCROMBIE live albums

.. Album Cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
John Abercrombie, Marc Johnson & Peter Erskine
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1989
.. Album Cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Tactics
Post Bop 1997
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
John Abercrombie / Peter Erskine / Bob Mintzer / John Patitucci : The Hudson Project
Classic Fusion 2000
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Structures
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2006
.. 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

.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Works
Classic Fusion 1989
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Speak Easy
Post Bop 2003
.. Album Cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Rarum XIV Selected Recordings
Classic Fusion 2004
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The First Quartet
Classic Fusion 2015

JOHN ABERCROMBIE singles (0)

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

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0.00 | 0 ratings
The Abercrombie, Erskine, Mintzer, Patitucci Band: Live In New York City
Classic Fusion 2004

JOHN ABERCROMBIE Reviews

JOHN ABERCROMBIE 39 Steps

Album · 2013 · Post Bop
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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 · Classic 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 · Classic Fusion
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Abraxas
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.

JOHN ABERCROMBIE Gateway 2 (with Dave Holland & Jack DeJohnette)

Album · 1978 · Classic Fusion
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Sean Trane
Two years after Gatewa from 76y, the same trio comes back to record the second tome of Gateway, this one being a bit more even affair, but on the whole, it’s a quieter album. The only difference line-up-wise is that Jack is also playing some piano on some tracks. Like all Abercrombie albums before, this album is produced by the ECM label owner Manfred Eicher and the typical type of artwork is given, this time a photograph collage od clouds and an exotic door..

Starting out on the stupendous the slow developer 16-mins+ Opening, a joint composition that stands out easily as the album highlight, the album gives many reasons to think that the first Gateway was only training ground for thiis present album; The only slight remark is that I wish that Holland and DeJohnette’s respective solos were either a duo or not overstaying its welcome, but this is minute. Rounding up the album’s first side is Holland’s Reminiscence, which sets the tone for most of the rest of the album, a very quiet affair.

Indeed, the flipside opens on the equally quiet Abercrombie Sing song, where his fluid electric guitar sails smoothly over an almost-windless summer day. Dave Holland’s Nexus is probably the album’s most exciting track, and certainly the second highlight of Gateway2. The electric guitar and Holland’s bass take on a slightly Moorish flavour, letting us dream of the Sahara infinite spaces. The closing Dejohnette Blue is a mainly piano piece, played by Jack himself, even if Holland and Aber do much to enlighten the Jarrett-inspired piano: let’s not forget Jack and Dave were present on most of Keith’s 70’s works.

Amother typical album of Abercrombie’s early “solo” career, one that managed to play on ambiances more than on pure musical grounds, but however good the three musicians are, I find that their line-up is somewhat reductive of the trio’s overall capacity. Indeed, had they used more keyboards (Hammer anyone?) and formed a quartet, there would’ve been so much more to listen to.

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