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John Abercrombie Quartet: Up and Coming (ECM)

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, … Read More “John Abercrombie Quartet: Up and Coming (ECM)”

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John Abercrombie Quartet: 39 Steps

When the personnel on a record include John Abercrombie, Marc Copland, Drew Gress and Joey Baron, expectations are high. 39 Steps provides many nice moments when lyricism emerges from the interface of Abercrombie’s guitar and Copland’s piano, like ice crystallizing. But this is a curious project, so languid it often feels listless. The problem is … Read More “John Abercrombie Quartet: 39 Steps”

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John Abercrombie Quartet: Within a Song

Guitarist John Abercrombie, saxophonist Joe Lovano, bassist Drew Gress and drummer Joey Baron construct a mesmerizing fire in this tribute to the (mostly) ’60s jazz that shaped Abercrombie’s musical tastes. Produced by Manfred Eicher in typical crystalline ECM fashion, Within a Song plays tricks with its role models, pushing envelopes that were elastic to begin … Read More “John Abercrombie Quartet: Within a Song”

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