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John Abercrombie: Out of the Ashes

John Abercrombie
John Abercrombie
John Abercrombie Quartet
John Abercrombie

It was Pearl Harbor Day, December 7, 2003, and John Abercrombie was shoveling snow outside his house in Putnam Valley, N.Y.

“I Walked in, and I saw smoke halfway down from the ceiling to the floor,” he says, calmly recounting what he refers to as “the tragedy.”

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David R. Adler

David R. Adler writes about jazz and assorted topics. His work has appeared in JazzTimes, NPR Music,, The Philadelphia InquirerThe Village Voice, DownBeat, Time Out New York, and many other publications. From 2010-2017 he taught jazz history at the Aaron Copland School of Music (Queens College-CUNY). In summer 2017, after 30 years in New York (apart from two in Philadelphia), David relocated with his family to Athens, Georgia. There he continues to write about music and perform solo as a guitarist/vocalist.