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Abercrombie had the “ability to fit any context – chameleon-like but always distinctly himself.”
John Kelman

The recent passing of John Abercrombie is sad yet as with the recorded output of all great (and not so great!) musicians, his lives on.

His albums as a leader were mostly with ECM, starting with Timeless in 1974. The year previously, he had released Friends, a fusion album on Oblivion Records.

Before that, a notable recording he appeared on as a guest was Dreams, recorded in 1970. This was also the name of the seminal fusion group set up by the Brecker Brothers, Randy and Mike, with Billy Cobham on drums. (Listen here.)

And it is Abercrombie’s role as a sidesman in albums lead by others which is the focus of IndoJazzia’s compilation, our tribute to an always interesting guitarist.

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Unless otherwise noted, the following are album title tracks.

1974. Horacee Arnold – Tales Of The Exonerated Flea
1977. Colin Walcott – Grazing Dreams (ECM)
1977. Jack DeJohnette – Picture 5 (fr. Pictures ECM)
1977. Kenny Wheeler – Deer Wan (ECM)
1980. Jan Garbarek – Eventyr (ECM)
1989. Danny Gottlieb – Whirlwind
1994. Bob Brookmeyer – Ugly Music (fr. Electricity)
2007. Mark Egan – As We Speak

A trio with two other ECM stalwarts …