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A forward-thinking guitarist who pushed the boundaries between jazz, rock, folk, and art music, John Abercrombie was often in a soulful jazz-fusion mode for this 1975 album. Despite the players' heady résumés (Abercrombie, drummer Jack Dejohnette, and keyboardist Jan Hammer had played with likes of John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham, Miles Davis, etc.), there's a youthful enthusiasm to the tunes. Hammer’s “Red and Orange” in particular is a sweaty fusion affair. Abercrombie’s “Ralph’s Piano Waltz” is hard-groovin’ B3 all the way with all three digging deep, while his “Timeless” has a snaky funk without rising above a simmer. Hammer’s high-velocity “Lungs” splits the difference between groove and rock thanks to his synthesizer and Abercrombie’s bluesy leads. Abercrombie brings it down for the yearning “Love Song” and swirling “Remembering,” which are both acoustic gems. This is a strong outing worth further investigation.

Customer Reviews

Timeless - the title track = Abercrombie Masterpiece

This epic of a song is so incredibly beautiful from the first note to the last. Listen carefully to the nuances of Abercrombie's fingering, it's incredible accents and speed (slow and fast yet soft and loose) is wonderful to listen to again and again. As usual the absolute auteur quality of Jack DeJohnette's percussion is incredible. With the volume way up, the haunting bass line that Jan Hammer provides will shake loose anything that isn't nailed down in your house while the melody he emits is ethereal and cosmic. One of my favorite songs of all time...

Timeless - for all time

The magic of this album isn''t technical or over produced; it is the synthisis of master musicians who create musical beauty that reaches deep into vibrant, unbound joy; the universe of consciousness and tender, honest, intamacy. This music will carry you as far as you are able to go and bring you back with just that much more wonder added.

Smokin fusion!

Super keyboard work by Jan Hammer ...Jack Dejohnette is as great as ever. My favorite tunes are Lungs and Red and Orange


Born: December 16, 1944 in Portchester, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

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. His star has since faded somewhat, due largely to the general conservatism that's come to dominate jazz, though he has remained a vital creative personality. Abercrombie's style draws upon all manner of contemporary improvised music; his style is essentially...
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Fusion
  • Released: 1975

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