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Album Review

Guitarist John Abercrombie was one of the stars of ECM in its early days. His playing on this trio set with bassist Dave Holland and drummer Jack DeJohnette is really beyond any simple categorization. Abercrombie's improvisations are sophisticated yet, because his sound is rockish and sometimes quite intense (particularly on the nearly 11-minute "Sorcery 1"), there is really no stylistic name for the music. Holland contributed four of the six originals while DeJohnette brought in the other two (one of which was co-written with Abercrombie). The interplay between the three musicians is quite impressive although listeners might find some of the music to be quite unsettling. It takes several listens for one to digest all that is going on, but it is worth the struggle.

Customer Reviews

A Deadhead's Intro To Jazz

This album put the acid in jazz. Softly melodic at times, at others diving into some positively dangerous electric guitar improvisations. The trio's mix has the bass and drum kit sounding tight and intimate, while the guitar soars with a moderate reverb. A terrific intro to jazz for Dead or Phish aficionados.

My favorite record of 1975

There is something about this record... I just could not stop playing it over and over again. Abercrombie and Holland and DeJohnette really came up with a unique sound here, kind of like jazz fusion in an acoustic framework. Buy it. Peace.

Diamond of an album

Love this album. Abercrombie's style is pure poetry


Born: October 1, 1946 in Wolverhampton, England

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Dave Holland is of a generation of bassists who, in the '60s and '70s, built upon the innovations of slightly older players like Scott LaFaro, Gary Peacock, and Barre Phillips, carrying the instrument to yet another new level of creativity. Along with contemporaries like Eddie Gómez, Miroslav Vitous, and Barry Guy, Holland helped refine and extend the melodic possibilities of the cumbersome double bass. In Holland's case, those refinements never lost touch with the core verities of straight-ahead...
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Classical, Avant-Garde, Fusion
  • Released: Mar 1975

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