Open Land

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Open Land
Open Land.jpg
Studio album by John Abercrombie
Released 1999
Recorded September 1998
Avatar Studios, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 64:56
Label ECM
ECM 1683
Producer Manfred Eicher
John Abercrombie chronology
Open Land
Cat 'n' Mouse
(2000)Cat 'n' Mouse2000

Open Land is an album by guitarist John Abercrombie with trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, saxophonist Joe Lovano, violinist Mark Feldman, organist Dan Wall and drummer Adam Nussbaum recorded in 1998 and released on the ECM label[1]


The Allmusic review by Richard S. Ginell awarded the album 4 stars calling it "an absorbing set of elegantly textured, poly-styled music laced with his drifting, occasionally jagged yet never overbearing guitar".[2] The Penguin Guide to Jazz awarded the album 3½ stars stating "Like most current ECM sets, this feels very much like a collaborative project rather than a leader-plus-group; but Abercrombie does seem firmly, quietly in charge here, steering the performances in his distinctive hard to define way".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Penguin Guide to Jazz 3.5/4 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by John Abercrombie except as indicated
  1. "Just in Tune" - 6:35
  2. "Open Land" - 10:08
  3. "Spring Song" - 8:59
  4. "Gimme Five" - 7:23
  5. "Speak Easy" - 6:43
  6. "Little Booker" - 6:13
  7. "Free Piece Suit(e) (Adam Nussbaum, Dan Wall, Joe Lovano, John Abercrombie, Kenny Wheeler, Mark Feldman) - 6:53
  8. "Remember When" - 7:57
  9. "That's for Sure" - 4:05



  1. ^ ECM discography accessed October 25, 2011
  2. ^ a b Ginell, R. S. Allmusic Review accessed October 25, 2011
  3. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2006) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (8th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 3. ISBN 978-0-141-02327-4.