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John Abercrombie’s Home Burns Down

According to a report in New York’s Journal News, jazz guitarist John Abercrombie’s Putnam Valley, N.Y. home was left inhabitable on Dec. 7 after a fire. Luckily, Abercrombie (pictured) and his family didn’t sustain any injuries as a result of the blaze. A number of Abercrombie’s guitars were burned, however.

The fire broke out sometime after noon and was in full effect by 12:45 p.m., when firefighters arrived at the scene. A team of 50 firefighters got the fire under control and extinguished within 45 minutes. Authorities began an investigation into the fire’s cause, but arson isn’t suspected.

As the Journal News points out, this isn’t the first time that a fire has ruined the home of a local musician. Jazz and classical French horn player and composer David Amram saw his Putnam Valley house burn down four years ago. Amram and his family were unharmed, but some of his instruments succumbed to the fire.

Though Abercrombie records mostly for the ECM label, his latest record, Three Guitars, is on Chesky. Abercrombie plays acoustic guitar on the album, which is a rare treat these days, and shares the spotlight evenly with guitarists Larry Coryell and Badi Assad.

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