John Abercrombie: Love Song


Love Song


John Abercrombie (guitar)


Timeless (ECM 1047)

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John Abercrombie (guitar), Jan Hammer (piano), Jack DeJohnette (drums).

Composed by John Abercrombie


Recorded: New York, June 1974


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

Despite being hidden amongst the pyrotechnics of the fusion album Timeless, this gentle and quiet piece of music never fails to stir my soul with its sheer sensitivity and unabashed beauty. Hearing Jan Hammer abandon the synthesized sounds that have become his legacy, in favor of acoustic piano, is a rare insight into how this European-trained musician had not forsaken his classical influences. Abercrombie, for his part, never fails to enter into the dark recesses of the mind with his concise, economical, at times Towner-esque guitar work that belies his ability to shred a tune when appropriate. In this composition, Abercrombie allows that a thought, in this case a musical love poem, can be best portrayed by the delicate interplay between piano and guitar. Abercrombie's and Hammerís empathetic playing is like two lovers caressing each other in a musical embrace that is both poignant and uplifting. This is quite literally a beautiful and classic love song.

Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello

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