Getting There (album)

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Getting There
Studio album by John Abercrombie
Released 1988
Recorded April 1987
Genre Post-Bop
Length 43:40
Label ECM
Producer Lee Townsend
John Abercrombie chronology
Current Events
Getting There
Upon a Time an Album of Duets

Getting There is a 1988 release by John Abercrombie, featuring his working trio of the time, including bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Peter Erskine. Additionally, tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker makes guest appearances on three tracks. The track "Remember Hymn" has since become a jazz standard, appearing in the Sher Music Co. publication The New Real Book Volume One.


The Allmusic review by Jim Todd awarded the album 2½ stars stating "The music on this 1988 release from guitarist John Abercrombie is groomed to such aseptic perfection that little remains of the musical personalities behind these sounds... Musicians of the caliber of Abercrombie, Johnson, Erskine, and Brecker cannot fail to generate interest when they get together. This time out, though, their efforts would have been better presented as a master class workshop".[1] The Penguin Guide to Jazz awarded the album 3 stars.[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Penguin Guide to Jazz 3/4 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tunes written by John Abercrombie unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Sidekicks" - 5:17
  2. "Upon A Time" - 4:27
  3. "Getting There" - 7:35
  4. "Remember Hymn" - 5:13
  5. "Thalia" (Vince Mendoza) - 4:19
  6. "Furs On Ice" (Marc Johnson) - 8:09
  7. "Chance" - 4:55
  8. "Labour Day" - 3:45


  • John Abercrombie - electric and acoustic guitars, guitar synthesizer
  • Marc Johnson - bass
  • Peter Erskine - drums
  • Michael Brecker - tenor saxophone (tracks 1, 4 & 6 only)


  1. ^ a b Todd, J. Allmusic Review accessed September 26, 2011
  2. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2006) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (in English) (8th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 3. ISBN 978-0-141-02327-4.