John Abercrombie

John Abercrombie

John Abercrombie is a most acclaimed guitar player in the contemporary jazz scene. Through diverse and fitting roles as session player, soloist and band leader, he has been featured in almost 150 records jointly with an impressive array of jazz maestros. Since graduating from Berklee College of Music in the late sixties, he has continuously explored the boundaries of diverse styles while staying true to his jazz roots. As a result, John has blended classical and experimental elements in a unique playing style. Four decades of a remarkably successful and uncannily prolific career make John Abercrombie an undisputed Music Master.

Since his freshman year in Boston, he played in countless jam sessions at local bars and clubs. Soon, he was touring with jazz organist Johnny Hammond, and playing in the Brecker Brothers' debut album.

Throughout is career as band leader, John recorded more than twenty albums with artists of the caliber of John Scofield, Dave Holland, Peter Erskine and John Patitucci. As a session musician, he recorded more than a hundred albums, featuring Gato Barbieri, Billy Cobham, Gil Evans, Michel Petrucciani and Charles Mingus, among others. He was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award from Berklee College of Music in 1998.

John has developed a unique playing that is instantly recognized. His love for jazz standards and innovative sound technologies led him to combine both, in order to achieve the feat of being simultaneously rich in originality and fidelity. He has thus created a new classic sound.

Read what John has to say about technique acquisition, jamming and improvising, becoming a pro musician and much, much more. Read his exclusive interview.

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