January 01, 2000
Abercrombie on guitar, Bob Meyer on drums and cymbals, and Rusty Holloway on bass.
Over a career spanning more than 40 years and nearly 50 albums, John Abercrombie has established himself as one the masters of jazz guitar. Favoring unusual sounds (he played electronic mandolin on McCoy Tyner’s 1993 album 4×4) and nontraditional ensembles (recent quartet recordings have included violinist Mark Feldman), Abercrombie is a restless experimenter, working firmly in the jazz tradition while pushing the boundaries of meter and harmony.”
Abercrombie keeps up a heavy touring schedule and records with ECM Records, a relationship that has spanned more than 30 years. As he told one interviewer, “I’d like people to perceive me as having a direct connection to the history of jazz guitar, while expanding some musical boundaries.” That, no doubt, will be his legacy.
“These guys cook, smoke, and sizzle, without breaking a sweat… It’s what improvised music is in 2013.” –Cafe Guide
Photo credit: (c) 2015 Bob Meyer Photos.
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