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John Abercrombie

Primary Instrument: Guitar

Born: December 16, 1944    

John Abercrombie

Over a career spanning more than 40 years and nearly 50 albums, John Abercrombie has established himself as one the masters of jazz guitar. Favoring unusual sounds (he played electric mandolin on McCoy Tyner's 1993 album 4x4) and nontraditional ensembles (recent quartet recordings have included violinist Mark Feldman), Abercrombie is a restless experimeter, working firmly in the jazz tradition while pushing the boundaries of meter and harmony.

Born on December 16, 1994 in Port Chester, New York, Abercrombie grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut, where he began playing the guitar at age 14. Like many teenagers at the time, he started out imitating Chuck Berry licks. But it was the bluesy music of Barney Kessel that attracted him to jazz. Abercrombie enrolled at Boston's Berklee College of Music and teamed up with other students to play local clubs and bars. One of those clubs, Paul's Mall, was connected to a larger club next door, the Jazz Workshop, where Abercrombie ducked in during his free time to watch John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk.

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    Five Years Later

    Challenge Jazz
    2014
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    John Abercrombie Quartet: 39 Steps

    ECM Records
    2013
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    39 Steps

    ECM Records
    2013
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    John Abercrombie Quartet: Within A Song

    ECM Records
    2012
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    Anthology

    Challenge Jazz
    2011
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    Solos: The Jazz Sessions

    Challenge Jazz
    2010
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    Wait Till You See Her

    ECM Records
    2009
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39 Steps

ECM Records (2013)

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