John Abercrombie is, by this juncture, ECM’s house guitarist, whose association with the label goes back a quarter century. And it’s a quietly remarkable discography that he has amassed with the label that Manfred Eicher built. Points of consistency throughout-including the use of ethereal organ (remember the spacious Jan Hammer matchup of the late ’70s, Timeless) and harmonies leaning towards Europe, not to mention his own searching, signature voice on guitar. Open Land, a reflective and diverse outing, is among the finer things the guitarist has yet produced, and also one of the most texturally varied.
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