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John Abercrombie and Andy LaVerne: A Nice Idea

Unlike his recent ECM recordings-which suggest renewed interest in early-’70s progressivism-John Abercrombie’s duo discs with pianist Andy LaVerne are pure Sunday brunch. Not that there’s anything wrong with that; it’s pleasant to hear the once-aggressive guitarist dig into some old chestnuts. On Abercrombie and LaVerne’s fifth duo album, A Nice Idea, the two old friends spend the majority of the 70-minute set coving the likes of Henry Mancini (“Days of Wine and Roses”), Jerome Kern (“In Love in Vain”) and Thelonious Monk (“‘Round About Midnight”).

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