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On The Third Quartet, guitarist John Abercrombie leads a superb band comprised of violinist Marc Feldman, drummer Joey Barron, and bassist Marc Johnson. (The same group released two earlier albums, Cat ‘n’ Mouse and Class Trip.) Feldman’s sound has a yearning quality that betrays a classical background, and Abercrombie’s playing draws from several genres outside of jazz, and the interactions between these distinctively lyrical voices produce gorgeous timbral couplings. The Third Quartet brings to mind the polished elegance of Astor Piazzolla’s nuevo tango, and hints of the blues occasionally poke through the surface, nicely ruffling this refined chamber music. Like much of Abercrombie’s work, the overall sound is pristine and subtle, full of delicate hesitations and shifts, fluttering cymbals and just-so notes. But the group can swing when it wants to, as evidenced on a version of Ornette Coleman’s “Round Trip.” On the following cut — a cover of Bill Evan’s “Epilogue” — the group returns to the meditative vibe that defines the album. The other eight tracks are Abercrombie originals, including a super mellow closer, a moody piece for overdubbed acoustic guitars.

Customer Reviews

John's no slouch

I saw John play at a small little jazz restaurant called Enrico's and it was unbelievable. He pushes the limits on Jazz guitar as we know it. He uses different effects that I had previously thought were taboo in jazz music and make people think differently on what is good. All effects aside, his playing is still incredible.

Great album. Period.

I have several Abercrombie albums: Timeless, Night, Class Trip, Gateway I & II, etc. This album is just so wonderful. It is dark & beautiful, with amazing group interplay. All of the compositions are solid and John's tone is impeccable. This is one of his best in my opinion.

Beautiful Album

I own around 10 of John's albums, and this ranks among his best. His trademark elegance and wonderful playing style is showcased in ten beautiful pieces, and the three other members all do a wonderful job as well. Simply beautiful.

The Third Quartet, John Abercrombie Quartet
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Mar 30, 2007

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