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John Abercrombie Quartet: Up and Coming (ECM)

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John Abercrombie Quartet: Up and Coming
John Abercrombie Quartet: Up and Coming

A slowly ingratiating album, this set from guitarist John Abercrombie’s quartet wends its way deep into you in the manner of an especially ruminative Bill Evans date. Which is to say, there’s a cerebral quality possessing a delicate swing to animate these deep-textured airs.

A lot of that texture is provided by Marc Copland’s piano, which has a penchant for blending its notes to Abercrombie’s guitar figures, the pair inching forward across a sonic plane tethered by the bass and drum work of Drew Gress and Joey Baron, respectively. On the Abercrombie original “Joy,” the unit sounds a bit like current-day Radiohead, but with an Ahmad Jamal-like sensibility to utilize the pockets of silence between notes as a means to settle in, and let the game come to this particular team.

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