Tactics (album)

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Live album by John Abercrombie
Released 1997
Recorded July 13–15, 1996
Venue Visiones, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 76:23
Label ECM
Producer Manfred Eicher
John Abercrombie chronology
Speak of the Devil
(1994)Speak of the Devil1994
Open Land
(1999)Open Land1999

Tactics is a live album by jazz guitarist John Abercrombie with organist Dan Wall and drummer Adam Nussbaum that was recorded in 1996 and released by ECM in 1997.[1]


Scott Yanow of Allmusic stated, "Not sounding at all like a typical soul-jazz organ group, these musicians take more advanced improvisations".[2] The Penguin Guide to Jazz gave the album 3½ stars, stating it contains "churning but still delicate Hammond shapes, a rock steady bass, and some of Abercrombie's lightest and most dancing jazz-playing".[3]

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

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by John Abercrombie except as indicated

  1. "Sweet Sixteen" – 11:21
  2. "Last Waltz" – 11:14
  3. "Bo Diddy" (Wall) – 11:43
  4. "You and the Night and the Music" (Howard Dietz, Arthur Schwartz) – 10:15
  5. "Chumbida" (Nussbaum) – 5:46
  6. "Dear Rain" – 7:38
  7. "Mr. Magoo" (Wall) – 8:44
  8. "Long Ago (and Far Away)" (Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern) – 9:42



  1. ^ ECM discography accessed October 24, 2011
  2. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. Allmusic Review accessed October 24, 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.