RIP: guitarist John Abercrombie

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  1. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    RIP, John Abercrombie
    John Abercrombie, Lyrical Jazz Guitarist, Dies at 72
    John Abercrombie, Wry And Exploratory Jazz Guitarist, Dies At 72

    Well that sucks... :(

    John played some seriously iconoclastic guitar. He's arguably the missing link between (pre-Mahavishnu) John McLaughlin and Bill Frisell. Or, if you subtracted Jimi Hendrix from Terje Rypdal, John Abercrombie is what you'd have left.

    He worked with a lot of cool bass players too. (I once saw him live in a quartet with guitarist Mick Goodrick, bassist Steve Swallow, and drummer Adam Nussbaum. Ironically, neither guitarist played with a pick...but Swallow did!)

    He had big ears, a deep vocabulary, and a sensitivity to accompaniment that one rarely encountered in guitarists (no offense intended).

    Rest in peace, John.

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  2. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    R.I.P. John. I only have a few CDs with his playing on it, but I have know about his great playing for a long time.
  3. Read snout him for decades in GPmag

    Never saw him live

  4. kobass

    kobass Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Outside Boston
    RIP John...
  5. ii7-V7


    Aug 4, 2002
    Baltimore, MD
    Aw man! That stinks. RIP.
  6. winston

    winston Supporting Member

    May 2, 2000
    East Bay, CA
    RIP - First I remember hearing John was "Backwoods Song" with Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette.
    His playing on Mark Egan's "As We Speak" is sublime - I will miss him!

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