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The John Abercrombie Quartet LIVE at Jazz Standard!

January 30, 2014

jabercrombieJohn Abercrombie’s new album, 39 Steps, is a showcase for this great band and also marks Marc Copland’s first appearance on the revered ECM label. Yet guitarist and pianist are old allies, with an association stretching back forty years: In the early 1970s both were members of Chico Hamilton’s quartet, and at the dawn of fusion both played with pioneering jazz–rock band Dreams. Since the late 1990s they’ve revived their partnership in diverse contexts and have toured in formations ranging from piano/guitar duo to a trio with trumpeter Kenny Wheeler to the cooperative group Contact with Dave Liebman and Billy Hart. For much of the last decade, Abercrombie and Copland have also each had bassist Drew Gress as a regular member of their respective bands; thus 39 Steps draws on a network of trusted relationships. Jazz ballads and lyricism predominate on this disc with six Abercrombie originals, two Copland tunes, one collective improvisation, and a creative deconstruction of the old standard “Melancholy Baby.”

Here’s the line-up;

John Abercrombie – guitar

Marc Copeland – piano

Drew Gress – bass

Joey Baron – drums

See you tonight!

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