Saturday Sept. 18th, 2010
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Please call 613-729-0693 or email@example.com to order tickets.
“One of the masters of jazz guitar, Abercrombie is a restless experimenter, working firmly in the jazz tradition while pushing the boundaries of meter and harmony.”
John Abercrombie’s tying together of jazz’s many threads made him one of the most influential acoustic and electric guitarists of the 1970s and early ’80s; his recordings for ECM have helped define that label’s progressive chamber-jazz reputation. Abercrombie’s style draws upon all manner of contemporary improvised music; his style is essentially jazz-based, but he also displays a more-than-passing familiarity with forms that range from folk and rock to Eastern and Western art musics.
Abercrombie attended Boston’s Berklee College of Music from 1962 to 1966. While at Berklee, the guitarist toured with bluesman Johnny Hammond. After relocating to New York in 1969, Abercrombie spent time in groups led by drummers Chico Hamilton and Billy Cobham. It was with the latter’s Spectrum group that Abercrombie first received widespread attention. Abercrombie’s first album as leader was Timeless, a trio album with drummer Jack DeJohnette and keyboardist Jan Hammer. That was followed by Gateway, another trio with DeJohnette and bassist Dave Holland replacing Hammer. Abercrombie’s subtle and lyrical style is heard to best effect in small, intimate settings — with the recurring Gateway trio, or as captured in duos with fellow guitarist Ralph Towner.
See John Abercrombie with the Doxas Bros and the John Menegon Quartet performing at Café Paradiso Saturday evening. Downbeat at 20:00 till 11:00. Tickets on sale at Café Paradiso, 199 Bank St., 613-565-0657.