Timeless (John Abercrombie album)

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Studio album by
RecordedJune 21–22, 1974
StudioGeneration Sound Studios, New York City
GenreJazz fusion
ProducerManfred Eicher
John Abercrombie chronology
Sargasso Sea
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Penguin Guide to Jazz4/4 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[3]

Timeless is the debut album by American jazz fusion guitarist John Abercrombie. It was released in 1975 by ECM Records.[5]


The album was recorded with Jack DeJohnette on drums and Jan Hammer on organ, piano, and synthesizer.


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow gave the album 4½ stars, calling it, "Thought-provoking and occasionally exciting music that generally defies categorization".[1] The Penguin Guide to Jazz gave the album 4 stars, noting, "There's more filigree than flash on the early Timeless and it's left to DeJohnette and the underrated Hammer to give the set the propulsion it calls for... this is a session that has grown in stature with familiarity, an altogether tougher and more resilient label debut than anyone remembers."[2] The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide said, "Hammer especially plays with astounding fire and grace on this session, some of the finest organ playing he's recorded."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by John Abercrombie except where noted.

1."Lungs" (Jan Hammer)12:10
2."Love Song"4:35
3."Ralph's Piano Waltz"4:55
4."Red and Orange" (Hammer)5:24



  1. ^ a b Scott Yanow. "Timeless - John Abercrombie | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-03-09.
  2. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2006) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (8th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 2. ISBN 978-0-141-02327-4.
  3. ^ a b Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. US: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 3. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  4. ^ "John Abercrombie: Timeless". Sputnikmusic. sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  5. ^ "ECM 1047". Ecmrecords.com. Retrieved 2015-03-09.