John Abercrombie / Marc Johnson / Peter Erskine

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John Abercrombie / Marc Johnson / Peter Erskine
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Live album by John Abercrombie
Released 1989
Recorded April 21, 1988
Venue Nightstage, Boston, Massachusetts
Genre Jazz
Length 61:51
Label ECM
Producer Manfred Eicher
John Abercrombie chronology
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John Abercrombie / Marc Johnson / Peter Erskine

John Abercrombie / Marc Johnson / Peter Erskine is a live album by jazz guitarist John Abercrombie with bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Peter Erskine that was recorded in 1988 in Boston and released by ECM Records in 1989.[1]


The Allmusic review by Ron Wynn gave the album 4½ stars, stating, "The trio sometimes unite for piercing interpretations as on "Stella By Starlight" and other times collide and interact on furious rhythm dialogues and extended improvisations".[2] The Penguin Guide to Jazz said, "Not known as a big standards player Abercrombie turns in a beautiful "Stella by Starlight" here, perfectly weighted this side of sentimentality, and an unforgettable version of the less well-known Dietz/Schwatrz "Haunted Heart". Johnson and Erskine make a convincing team"[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz3/4 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All music by John Abercrombie except where noted

  1. "Furs on Ice" (Johnson) – 7:28
  2. "Stella by Starlight" (Ned Washington, Victor Young) – 7:34
  3. "Alice in Wonderland" (Sammy Fain, Bob Hilliard) – 7:22
  4. "Beautiful Love" (Haven Gillespie, Wayne King, Egbert Van Alstyne, Victor Young) – 7:55
  5. "Innerplay" (Abercrombie, Erskine, Johnson) – 5:35
  6. "Light Beam" – 3:08
  7. "Drum Solo" (Erskine) – 3:00
  8. "Four on One" – 6:03
  9. "Samurai Hee-Haw" (Johnson) – 8:22
  10. "Haunted Heart" (Howard Dietz, Arthur Schwartz) – 5:26



  1. ^ ECM discography accessed September 30, 2011
  2. ^ a b Wynn, R. Allmusic Review accessed September 30, 2011
  3. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (1994). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (2nd ed.). London: Penguin. p. 3. ISBN 0-14-017949-6.