39 Steps (CD)


John Abercrombie Quartet

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Rick Frystak, Hollywood 03/31/2014

The mature style of John’s current playing is quite contemporary, melodic, and grooving. His ultra-clean guitar lines blend perfectly with Marc Copeland’s piano for a cool and dreamy quartet vibe.


03/31/2014

At home on ECM, as usual, the master of bold jazz guitar lyricism returns with a less fusion but still adventurous take on melodic chamber bop. Of the ten tracks, 9 are written by at least a portion or combination of Abercrombie's band, which, on this occasion, consists of Drew Gress (bass), Joey Baron (drums), and Marc Copland (piano). Most tracks are named after, if not explicitly inspired by, Hitchcock, following the record's title. The mood, however, is not particularly tense or somber, but rather lilting and mysterious, especially on the excellent "Bacharach," Abercrombie's ode to the composer. "Shadow of A Doubt," a group improvisation, is particularly excellent, showcasing each band member's reason for being selected by this modern master. Abercrombie doesn't often play with a pianist, so when he does, and especially one as gifted as Copland, it's an occasion for celebration.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Vertigo
John Abercrombie Quartet 06:21
2.
LST
John Abercrombie Quartet 06:51
3.
Bacharach
John Abercrombie Quartet 07:21
4.
Greenstreet
John Abercrombie Quartet 06:15
5.
As It Stands
John Abercrombie Quartet 04:08
6.
Spellbound
John Abercrombie Quartet 06:53
7.
Another Ralph's
John Abercrombie Quartet 05:22
8.
Shadow of a Doubt
John Abercrombie Quartet 03:12
9.
39 Steps
John Abercrombie Quartet 08:36
10.
Melancholy Baby
John Abercrombie Quartet 04:37

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