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John Abercrombie

    John Abercrombie is without question a master of the jazz guitar! He is the consummate "musician's musician," a wonderfully creative composer, improviser and educator. His ability to communicate with his audiences and with students is a delight to behold in person.
  
    Born in 1944 in Port Chester, New York, John grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut and began playing the guitar at fourteen years of age. By the time he was out of high school, he was ready to veer away from imitative
Chuck Berry licks in favor of learning to play the instrument more seriously. While enrolled at Boston's Berklee School of Music, Abercrombie worked with other students and played local clubs and bars. "It was pretty much your standard guitar-organ-drums set up," he recalls.
  
    An offer to tour with organist Johnny Hammond Smith led to his going on the road for weeks at a time, playing such spots as Count Basie's Lounge and the Club Baron in Harlem. During that same period, John met the Brecker Brothers, who were in the process of forming Dreams. They invited Abercrombie to play with them, and he was heard on Dreams's debut album on Columbia. 

    In 1969, following graduation, Abercrombie decided to head South in hopes of breaking into the New York music scene. In the next few years he developed into one of New York's most in-demand session musicians. He did record dates with Gil Evans, Gato Barbieri, Barry Miles and many other artists, and also became a regular with Chico Hamilton's group.
  
    It was as the guitarist in Billy Cobham's band that Abercrombie first began attracting widespread attention among the general public. This ensemble was something of a Dreams reunion since it also included the Brecker Brothers. Abercrombie is heard on Cobham's "Crosswinds" and "Total Eclipse." John Abercrombie possesses a unique voice as a jazz guitarist combining evolving technologies with a tradition well-represented by jazz standards.

    Further insight comes forth in a 1988 "Jazziz" interview: "Carrying the tradition of jazz guitar from Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt to the present day is a very important aspect of my music... I'd like people to perceive me as having a direct connection to the history of jazz guitar, while expanding some musical boundaries which may not always involve the guitar itself."

John Abercrombie - Jazz Guitar Improvisation - DVD
John goes back to the basics of improvisational technique with a unique series of exercises - playing on one string, creating half and quarter note phrases, and using 2 notes per measure. He demonstrates with his own compositions and the standard "Stella By Starlight". These pieces will provide you with ideas on melodic and motive development, polychording, dynamics, rhythmic changes and other skills.
(90 min) Booklet included.....................................................Price - $29.95

John Abercrombie - An Evening With John Abercrombie - DVD
A collection of performances and conversations with John Abercrombie includes thoughts on: improvising over standards, free improvisation, guitar synthesis, use of scales, compositions, and more. Enjoy John's insight, humor and brilliant playing.
(60 min)...................................................................................Price - $24.95
 John Abercrombie Plays "The Days Of Wine And Roses"

John Abercrombie & Andy Laverne - The Art Of The Duo - DVD
This DVD recording of John Abercrombie and Andy LaVerne is the most recent in a musical and personal relationship that has spanned some 25 years! In the past, John and Andy usually played some standard material - but for this project only original songs by the two of them were recorded. In this way, the performance of the duo is more personal than ever. The emphasis here is the interaction and blend of the instruments, as opposed to just the individual solos. In the duo, things become more exposed and the responsibility of each player becomes greater. It's a challenging and also extremely rewarding situation! Songs include: "Good Measure, Any Given Time, Just a Waltz, Comfort Zone, Jasmine, Handy Number, Crystal Night, Avion, Forty Three, After Ours, On The Bright Side, Kaddish".
(69 min)...................................................................................Price - $24.95
The John Abercrombie Trio "Live"

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Jazz Guitar Chords & Arpeggio Patterns - Stacy McKee - This unique book includes 300 jazz guitar chord formations and matching single note arpeggio patterns in a quick reference format that no one has ever done before! Cross indexing makes this manual extremely easy to use and regardless of what style of music you play, we know you will find this to be a valuable, "must have" addition to your library.  Stacy McKee was the featured guitarist with "Les Brown and The Band Of Renown" and for a limited time only, we will include an exclusive copy of his book FREE with your first order!
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