John Abercrombie (guitarist)

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John Abercrombie
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John Abercrombie at Bratislava Jazz Days 2007
Background information
Birth name John Abercrombie
Born (1944-12-16) 16 December 1944 (age 69)
Port Chester, New York, United States
Genres Progressive jazz, jazz fusion, post-bop, hard bop, avant-garde jazz
Occupations Guitarist, composer
Instruments Guitar
Associated acts Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Brecker Brothers, Dave Holland, Ralph Towner, George Mraz, Richie Beirach, Peter Erskine, Marc Johnson, Adam Nussbaum, Mark Feldman, Joey Baron, Marc Copland, Jan Garbarek, Paul Bley, Andy LaVerne, Charles Lloyd, , Enrico Rava, Lonnie Smith, Kenny Wheeler, John Scofield, Bob Brookmeyer, Joseph Tawadros, Gateway, Jan Hammer, Larry Coryell, Drew Gress, Tal Farlow, John Patitucci, Billy Hart, Larry Carlton, Hein van de Geyn, Joe LaBarbera, Joe Beck, Bobby Hutcherson, Dave Liebman, John Surman, Henri Texier, Bob Mintzer

John Abercrombie (born December 16, 1944)[1] is an American jazz guitarist, whose work often explores jazz fusion and post bop. Abercrombie has played with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Michael Brecker and Randy Brecker. Abercrombie has recorded principally with the Manfred Eicher's ECM label; his first notable recordings were two albums with the jazz-rock band Dreams in 1970.


Abercrombie attended the Berklee College of Music from 1962 to 1966 and graduated from in 1967. He later studied at the University of North Texas College of Music.[2] In 1998, the Berklee College of Music presented him Music Distinguished Alumni Award.

The ongoing groups he has led or co-led include:


As leader[edit]

With Gateway[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Joe Beck

  • Coincidence (Whaling City Sound, 2007)

With Paul Bley

With Marc Copland

  • Second Look (1996)
  • That's For Sure (2002)
  • ...And (2002)
  • Brand New (2004)

With Jack DeJohnette

With Jan Garbarek

With Danny Gottlieb

With Bobby Hutcherson

With Andy LaVerne

  • Nosmo King (1994)
  • Now It Can Be Played (1995)
  • Where We Were (1996)
  • A Nice Idea (2006)

With Dave Liebman

With Charles Lloyd

With Czesław Niemen

  • Mourner's Rhapsody (1974)

With Jeff Palmer

  • Ease On (1993, Sledgehammer Blues (formerly AudioQuest Music)[3])
  • Island Universe (1994)
  • Shades of the Pine (1994)
  • Bunin the Blues (2001)

With Enrico Rava

With Johnny "Hammond" Smith

With Lonnie Smith

  • Afro Blue (1993)
  • Purple Haze: Tribute to Jimi Hendrix (1995)
  • Foxy Lady: Tribute to Jimi Hendrix (1996)

With Stark Reality

  • Stark Reality Discovers Hoagy Carmichael's Music Shop (1970)

With John Surman

With Henri Texier

  • Colonel Skopje (1988; 1995)

With Collin Walcott

With Kenny Wheeler

With others

  • Drum Strum (1982) George Marsh, reissued as Upon a Time Album of Duets (1994)
  • Solar (1983) John Scofield
  • Witchcraft (1986) with Don Thompson
  • Emerald City (1987) with Richie Beirach
  • Landmarks (1991) Joe Lovano with Ken Werner, Marc Johnson and Bill Stewart
  • Double Variations (1990) Tim Brady
  • Brooklyn Blues (1991) Danny Gottlieb with Jeremy Steig, Gil Golstein, Chip Jackson
  • Electricity (1994) with Bob Brookmeyer and the WDR Big Band
  • Bush Crew (1995, Sledgehammer Blues (formerly AudioQuest Music)[5]) Les Arbuckle, Mike Stern, Essiet Okon Essiet, Victor Lewis
  • Standard Transmission (1997) Pat LaBarbera, Jim Vivian, Jacek Kochan
  • Off the Wall (1997) (under pseudonym Lester LaRue) with Dan Wall
  • Speak Easy (1999) with Jarek Smietana
  • The Hudson Project (2000) Peter Erskine, John Patitucci & Bob Mintzer
  • Animations (2003) with John Basile
  • As We Speak (2006) Mark Egan trio with Danny Gottlieb
  • Baseline: The Guitar Album (2007) with Hein van de Geyn
  • Topics (2007) with John Ruocco
  • Robert Balzar Trio: Tales (recorded 2006, released 2008)
  • The Hour of Separation (2010), Joseph Tawadros


  1. ^ Robinson, J. Bradford; Kernfeld, Barry (2002). "Abercrombie, John (Laird)". In Barry Kernfeld. The new Grove dictionary of jazz (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. pp. 4–5. ISBN 1561592846. 
  2. ^ Abercrombie, John (Laird), Oxford Music Online
  3. ^ "Ease On". Valley Entertainment-Sledgehammer Blues. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 
  4. ^ Enrico Rava: Katcharpari at Discogs
  5. ^ "The Bush Crew". Valley Entertainment-Sledgehammer Blues. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 

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