John Laird Abercrombie (born December 16, 1944) is an American jazz guitarist, composer and bandleader. His work often explores jazz fusion, post bop, free jazz and avant-garde jazz. Abercrombie studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He recorded his debut album, Timeless with Manfred Eicher's ECM label, and has recorded principally with this label since. Abercrombie has played with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Michael Brecker and Randy Brecker, to name a few. He is known for his spare, understated, and eclectic style and his work with organ trios.
John Abercrombie was born on December 16, 1944, in Port Chester, New York. His family moved to Greenwich, Connecticut, where he grew up. He picked up the guitar at the age of 14. He began by playing along to Chuck Berry, but discovered jazz by listening to Barney Kessel. He attended Berklee College of Music from 1962 to 1966 and studied under famed guitar educator Jack Petersen. He often played with...
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