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Open Land: Meeting John Abercrombie (ECM)

Given guitarist John Abercrombie’s recent passing, you may be inclined to view Open Land, a film by directors Arno Oehri and Oliver Primus, as something it was never intended to be: an elegiac postscript. Instead, the film comes across as a lyrical portrait, quiet, spacious, reflective, and funny. From the outset, Oehri and Primus distill … Read MoreOpen Land: Meeting John Abercrombie (ECM)”

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Live Review: “John Abercrombie: Timeless”

Subscribe to JazzTimes magazine for the latest news, reviews, and more!  On Monday night, at the Brooklyn venue Roulette, a fantastic two-hour-plus tribute show was bookended by the same interview footage from the documentary Open Land – Meeting John Abercrombie (which sees DVD release this summer). In it, the guitarist is talking about what constitutes … Read More “Live Review: “John Abercrombie: Timeless””

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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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Marc Copland/John Abercrombie : Speak to Me

The arrival of this superb collection of duets from pianist Marc Copland and guitarist John Abercrombie isn’t exactly surprising, given the unmistakable compatibility they’ve demonstrated in other settings. But that doesn’t make the CD’s nine performances any less welcome or compelling. Though the tunes are a mix of original pieces (three composed by each of … Read More “Marc Copland/John Abercrombie : Speak to Me”

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