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A 'who's who' for John Abercrombie: Timeless concert / Brooklyn Vegan

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On March 26, Brooklyn venue Roulette hosted ‘John Abercrombie: Timeless – A Tribute to His Life and Music,' a benefit concert in honor of the late jazz musician who passed on in August of 2017 at 72 years old. Abercrombie was an innovative and prominent guitarist recorded over 40 albums as a leader or co-leader and the majority were released by the revered label ECM where he remained a flagship artist for his entire career.

Monday's sold out show brought out 17 stellar musicians who had worked with Abercrombie over the course of his career. Appearing in several different configurations the performers included Joey Baron – Drums, Randy Brecker – Trumpet, Nels Cline – Guitar, Marc Copland – Piano, Jack DeJohnette – Drums, Eliane Elias – Piano, Peter Erskine – Drums, Mark Feldman – Violin, Bill Frisell – Guitar, Drew Gress – Double-bass, Billy Hart – Drums (a surprise guest who wasn't on the advertised line up), Marc Johnson – Double-bass, David Liebman – Soprano Saxophone, Joe Lovano – Saxophones, Thomas Morgan – Double-bass, Adam Nussbaum – Drums and John Scofield – Guitar. Disappointingly, the brilliant guitarist Ralph Towner was supposed to perform but an acute ear infection forced him to cancel his appearance. 

The real show stopper, literally, was the last set grouping the incredible drumming of Jack DeJohnette (who appeared on many of Abercrombie's best releases including Timeless and Gateway) with bassist Drew Gress, pianist Marc Copland and the gorgeous and delicate guitar stylings of the great Bill Frisell. They performed a couple of songs from the classic Timeless that were absolute perfection, which delighted the audience and drew a standing ovation from the over-sold and packed house.
review and photos by Greg Cristman

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