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John Abercrombie, Guitarist and Composer, Dies

Inventive guitarist recorded over 60 albums as a leader or co-leader

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John Abercrombie performs at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival

The inventive guitarist John Abercrombie died on Aug. 22, after a long illness, according to ECM Records. Abercrombie was 72 years old and resided in upstate New York.

Abercrombie had a long and fruitful association with ECM, recording dozens of albums for the label as a leader, co-leader and sideman, starting with his first recording in 1974—Timeless featuring drummer Jack DeJohnette and organist/pianist Jan Hammer. Abercrombie often recorded with DeJohnette, including albums and tours with the Gateway Trio with Dave Holland and the New Directions band with Lester Bowie and Eddie Gomez.

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