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John Abercrombie

g, eg, *1944 US, Port Chester, New York
Musician / Composer of Jazz

John Laird Abercrombie (born December 16, 1944) is an American jazz guitarist, composer and bandleader. His work often explores jazz fusion, post bop, free jazz and avant-garde jazz. Abercrombie studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He recorded his debut album, Timeless with Manfred Eicher's ECM label, and has recorded principally with this label since. Abercrombie has played with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Michael Brecker and Randy Brecker, to name a few. He is known for his spare, understated, and eclectic style and his work with organ trios.

  • Guitar
  • Electric guitar
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Mandolin
  • Jazz
  • R&B/Soul
  • Rock
Popular Tracks   
Timeless on Timeless by John Abercrombie, Jan Hammer & Jack DeJohnette
Left Behind on Speak to Me by Marc Copland & John Abercrombie
Back-Woods Song on Gateway by John Abercrombie, Dave Holland & Jack DeJohnette
Ralph's Piano Waltz on Timeless by John Abercrombie, Jan Hammer & Jack DeJohnette
Solar on Solar by John Abercrombie & John Scofield
May Dance on Gateway by John Abercrombie, Dave Holland & Jack DeJohnette
Memoir on Characters by John Abercrombie
Love Song on Timeless by John Abercrombie, Jan Hammer & Jack DeJohnette
Lungs on Timeless by John Abercrombie, Jan Hammer & Jack DeJohnette
Seven on Speak to Me by Marc Copland & John Abercrombie

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Open Land Meeting John AbercrombieArno Oehri, Oliver Primus, John Abercrombie2018Album
MetropolisAndy LaVerne2018Album
InspiredRale Micic, John Abercrombie, Peter Bernstein, Lage Lund2016Album
The First QuartetJohn Abercrombie, Richard Beirach, George Mraz, Peter Donald2015Album
The Art Of RespectGuillermo McGill, David Liebman, John Abercrombie, George Mraz2013Album
Distant LookPaolo Di Sabatino Quartet Featuring John Abercrombie2013Album
The Angle BelowPeter Brendler & John Abercrombie2013Album
Speak To MeMarc Copland & John Abercrombie2011Album
AnthologyJohn Abercrombie2011Compil.
Solos: The Jazz SessionsJohn Abercrombie2010Album
Cradle Of LightMarek Dykta and John Abercrombie2009Album
TimelessThe 1979 Foundation For The Black Arts Presents John Abercrombie2009Single
TalesRobert Balzar Trio & John Abercrombie2008Album
CoincidenceJoe Beck & John Abercrombie2008Album
The Third QuartetJohn Abercrombie2007Album
TopicsJohn Abercrombie & John Ruocco2007Album
The Guitar AlbumBaseline Feat. John Abercrombie2006Album
StructuresJohn Abercrombie / Eddie Gomez With Gene Jackson2006Album
Three Guitars - The Paris Concert 2004Larry Coryell, Badi Assad, John Abercrombie2005Album
Live At Birdland NYCThe Stamm / Soph Project Featuring Bill Mays & Rufus Reid With Guest John Abercrombie2005Album
Brand NewMarc Copland, John Abercrombie, Kenny Wheeler2004Album
Selected RecordingsJohn Abercrombie2004Compil.
Live At The Village VanguardJohn Abercrombie2004Album
Class TripJohn Abercrombie2004Album
Alone TogetherJohn Abercrombie & Frank Haunschild2004Album
John Abercrombie - MP3 CollectionJohn Abercrombie2004Compil.
AnimationsJohn Basile, John Abercrombie2003Album
Three GuitarsLarry Coryell, Badi Assad, John Abercrombie2003Album
Noisy Old MenJohn Abercrombie / Mick Goodrick / Steve Swallow / Gary Chaffee2002Album
Cat 'N' MouseJohn Abercrombie2002Album
NuageJeff Johnston Featuring David Liebman & John Abercrombie2001Album
That's For SureMarc Copland, John Abercrombie, Kenny Wheeler2001Album
Burn'in The BluesJeff Palmer, John Abercrombie, Vincent Herring, Bob Leto2000Album
The Hudson ProjectJohn Abercrombie / Peter Erskine / Bob Mintzer / John Patitucci2000Album
Open LandJohn Abercrombie1999Album
TacticsJohn Abercrombie / Dan Wall / Adam Nussbaum1997Album
Standard TransmissionJohn Abercrombie, Jacek Kochan, Pat LaBarbera, Jim Vivian1997Album
In The MomentGateway : John Abercrombie / Dave Holland / Jack DeJohnette1996Album
HomecomingGateway, John Abercrombie, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette1995Album
FarewellJohn Abercrombie • George Mraz • Adam Nussbaum1993Album
While We're YoungJohn Abercrombie, Dan Wall, Adam Nussbaum1993Album
Ease OnJeff Palmer, John Abercrombie, Arthur Blythe, Victor Lewis1993Album
NovemberJohn Abercrombie, Marc Johnson, Peter Erskine W / John Surman1993Album
ArrivalHarvie Swartz, Mick Goodrick, John Abercrombie, Marvin "Smitty" Smith1992Album
The Toronto ConcertChris Minh Doky, Niels Lan Doky, John Abercrombie, Adam Nussbaum1992Album
Rudy Linka Quartet Featuring John AbercrombieRudy Linka Quartet Featuring John Abercrombie1991Album
HymnBob Mintzer, John Abercrombie, Marc Johnson, Peter Erskine1991Album
Jim Hall And Friends Live At Town Hall Vol.2Jim Hall Featuring John Scofield, John Abercrombie, Mick Goodrick, Gary Burton1991Album
Speak EasyJohn Abercrombie, Jarosław Śmietana, Harvie Swartz, Adam Czerwiński1991Album
Yesterday's TomorrowRon McClure / John Abercrombie / Aldo Romano1991Album
The Way InJeff Richman With Al Di Meola, Steve Lukather, Frank Gambale, John Abercrombie1991Album
WitchcraftJohn Abercrombie, Don Thompson1991Album
Secret ObsessionUli Beckerhoff / John Abercrombie / Arild Andersen / John Marshall1991Album
Double variationsTim Brady, John Abercrombie1990Album
AbracadabraJeff Palmer, David Liebman, John Abercrombie, Adam Nussbaum1990Album
What I MissTorben Westergaard With John Abercrombie And Others1990Album
Going PlacesBoclé Brothers Featuring John Abercrombie1990Album
AnimatoJohn Abercrombie1990Album
Upon A TimeJohn Abercrombie, George Marsh, Mel Graves1989Album
John Abercrombie, Marc Johnson, Peter ErskineJohn Abercrombie, Marc Johnson, Peter Erskine1989Album
Getting ThereJohn Abercrombie1988Album
Andy LaVerne Plays The Music Of Chick CoreaAndy LaVerne − John Abercrombie1988Album
WorksJohn Abercrombie1988Compil.
My Foolish HeartMarc Cohen, Gary Peacock, Jeff Hirshfield, John Abercrombie1988Album
Emerald CityRichard Beirach & John Abercrombie1987Album
Laser WizzardJeff Palmer With John Abercrombie, Adam Nussbaum, Gary Campbell1987Album
All Strings AttachedTal Farlow, John Abercrombie, Larry Carlton, Larry Coryell, John Scofield, John Patitucci & Billy Hart1987Album
Clint / HippityvilleJohn Abercrombie With Peter Erskine And Marc Johnson1986Album
Current EventsJohn Abercrombie, Marc Johnson, Peter Erskine1986Album
SolarJohn Scofield & John Abercrombie1985Album
ECM PresentsPat Metheny Group, Keith Jarrett, John Abercrombie, Jack DeJohnette, Lyle Mays1984Album
NightJohn Abercrombie1984Album
Ethereggae / Believe You Me / Look AroundJohn Abercrombie1984Album
Drum StrumGeorge Marsh, John Abercrombie1984Album
The Midweek BluesDavid Earle Johnson, Jan Hammer And John Abercrombie1983Album
Five Years LaterRalph Towner / John Abercrombie1982Album
EventyrJan Garbarek, Naná Vasconcelos, John Abercrombie1981Album
Route TwoDavid Earle Johnson / John Abercrombie / Dan Wall1981Album
Sea SerpentBruce Johnson − John Abercrombie, Enrico Rava, Chip White, Hugo Heredia, Bonnie Brown1980Album
CharactersJohn Abercrombie1978Album
Gateway 2John Abercrombie, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette1978Album
Sargasso SeaJohn Abercrombie, Ralph Towner1976Album
TimelessJohn Abercrombie, Jan Hammer, Jack DeJohnette1975Album
GatewayJohn Abercrombie, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette1975Album
ECM SPECIAL 8John AbercrombieCompil.
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