John Abercrombie

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John Abercrombie Quartet
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John Abercrombie at home
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L to R: John Abercrombie and Joe Beck
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John Abercrombie is both a major influence on other guitarists and a completely unclassifiable stylist with a versatile sound and conception of his own. Born in Port Chester, New York in 1944, he grew up in Connecticut. Abercrombie began playing guitar when he was 14 and after high school he attended Berklee. His first major musical job was touring with organist Johnny Hammond Smith and he also worked and recorded with the Brecker Brothers as part of the group Dreams. Graduating from Berklee in 1969, Abercrombie moved to New York where he worked regularly as a session musician, performing with Chico Hamilton and recording with such notables as Gil Evans and Gato Barbieri. As a member of Billy Cobham’s group, he became known in the jazz and fusion worlds. But John Abercrombie’s real breakthrough was when he recorded Timeless for ECM with Jan Hammer and Jack DeJohnette. It began his association with the ECM label which resulted in other recordings by the group, sets by the guitarist’s later bands and work with other artists including DeJohnette and Ralph Towner. Abercrombie, who began using the guitar synthesizer in 1988, had a trio with bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Peter Erskine and more recently has utilized such players as organist Dan Wall, violinist Mark Feldman and drummers Adam Nussbaum and Joey Baron. He has recorded as a sideman with Dave Liebman, Enrico Rava, Collin Walcott, Michel Urbaniak, Charles Earland, McCoy Tyner, Kenny Wheeler, Bobby Hutcherson, Jan Garbarek, Andy LaVerne, Richie Beirach, Bob Mintzer, Joe Lovano, Bob Brookmeyer, Jeff Palmer, Tom Harrell, Lonnie Smith, Lee Konitz and Charles Lloyd. Whether performing originals or standards, with an organ group or with a pianoless trio, John Abercrombie always sounds like himself.

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11/04/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

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May 2011    Albums    By Mike Joyce

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May 2011    Albums    By Mike Joyce

Live From New York
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December 2009    Albums    By Mike Joyce

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December 2009    Albums    By Mike Joyce

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March 2009    Farewells    By John Abercrombie

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May 2008    Albums    By Bill Milkowski

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July/August 2007    At Home    By Mitchell Seidel

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July/August 2007    Albums    By Brent Burton

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04/13/07    Concerts    By David French

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05/27/06    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

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November 2005    Fused    By Ron Wynn

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November 2005    Fused    By Ron Wynn

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October 2005    Albums    By Brent Burton

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October 2005    Albums    By Brent Burton

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July/August 2005    Eighty-Eights    By Steve Futterman

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July/August 2004    Guitartistry    By Aaron Steinberg

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July/August 2004    Features    By David R. Adler

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January/February 2004    Albums    By Jim Ferguson

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October 2003    Albums    By Aaron Steinberg

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July/August 2002    Albums    By Doug Ramsey

That's for Sure
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May 2002    Strung Out    By Aaron Steinberg

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May 2002    Strung Out    By Aaron Steinberg

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12/03/01    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

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07/29/01    Concerts    By Jack McCray

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September 2000    Albums    By Bill Milkowski

The Hudson Project
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January/February 2000    Albums    By Josef Woodard

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September 1997    Features    By Mike Joyce

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Open Land

ECM Records
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The Hudson Project

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Cat 'n' Mouse

ECM Records
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Timeline

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Solar

Quicksilver
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Class Trip

ECM Records

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A Nice Idea

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Challenge Records
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Animations

Underhill
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That's for Sure

Challenge Records
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Coincidence

Whaling City Sound
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Three Guitars

Chesky Records
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ECM Records
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