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.