American jazz John Abercrombie died

American jazz John Abercrombie died

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The American jazz John Abercrombie is at the age of 72 died. He died after a long illness.

That has the record company ECM Wednesday announced.

Abercrombie was known for his improvisational talent and his soft but yet intense style of play. He led many of the bands.

One of the highlights of his rich career was the collaboration with drummer Jack DeJohnette and bassist Dave Holland in the Gateway trio. Pianist Marc Copland, who for nearly fifty years regularly with him, played, praised Abercrombie because he always so harmonious and flexible interaction with other musicians.


Abercrombie studied guitar at Berklee College of Music in Boston, as well as harmony and jazztheorie. His career on the stage began in 1967 in the band of blues-organist Johnny ‘Hammond’ Smith. In 1969 he went part of the group Dreams with Randy and Michael Brecker, and later of Spectrum, with drummer Billy Cobham. That meant his breakthrough.

Abercrombie was in New York also much in demand as a session musician. He is heard on albums by Gil Evans, Gato Barbieri and Chico Hamilton.

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