Timeless (John Abercrombie album)

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Studio album by John Abercrombie
Released 1975
Recorded June 21-22, 1974
Generation Sound Studios, New York City
Genre Jazz fusion
Length 43:34
Label ECM
ECM 1047
Producer Manfred Eicher
John Abercrombie chronology
Sargasso Sea
(1976)Sargasso Sea1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Penguin Guide to Jazz 4/4 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[3]

Timeless is jazz guitarist John Abercrombie's debut studio album as leader. The album was recorded on June 21-22, 1974 and released in 1975 via ECM label.[4]


Abercrombie has said: "The original intent was to do something that reflected my origins, playing with organ groups in the late 60's".[citation needed] The album was recorded with Jack DeJohnette on drums and Jan Hammer on organ, piano and synthesizer

In 1996, Boards of Canada used samples of Timeless for the track "Everything You Do is a Balloon".

In 2004, Black Milk sampled Timeless for the Slum Village track "Reunion (ft. J Dilla)" on the album Detroit Deli.

In 2011, Ricardo Villalobos and Max Loderbauer used samples of Timeless for the track "Retimeless" on the remix album Re:ECM.


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4½ stars calling it "Thought-provoking and occasionally exciting music that generally defies categorization".[1] The Penguin Guide to Jazz awarded 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]

  1. "Lungs" – 12:10 (Hammer)
  2. "Love Song" – 4:35 (Abercrombie)
  3. "Ralph's Piano Waltz" – 4:55 (Abercrombie)
  4. "Red and Orange" – 5:24 (Hammer)
  5. "Remembering" – 4:33 (Abercrombie)
  6. "Timeless" – 11:57 (Abercrombie)



  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. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 3. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  4. ^ "ECM 1047". Ecmrecords.com. Retrieved 2015-03-09. 

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