John Abercrombie: Come Rain or Come Shine


Come Rain or Come Shine


John Abercrombie (guitar)


November (ECM 1502 78118 21502-2)

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John Abercrombie (guitar),

John Surman (soprano & baritone saxes, bass clarinet), Marc Johnson (bass), Peter Erskine (drums)


Composed by Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer


Recorded: Oslo, Norway November 1992


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

In a loosely defined structure based on the melody of the Arlen/Mercer standard, John Abercrombie and cohorts harmonically reconfigure this song into an almost unrecognizable pastiche of tonal explorations. Marc Johnson's wonderfully dancing bass serpentines around the probing guitar work of the always surprising Abercrombie. Peter Erskine's wonderfully subtle touch on the snares and cymbals smoothly keeps the pace. To categorize Abercrombie's playing is to pigeonhole it and is perhaps an exercise in futility. He has produced some of the most daringly interesting music of any guitarist performing today. An accomplished musician of tremendous lyricism and Evans-like harmonic complexity, his work with these musicians is particularly sympathetic. To say that this tune has been played many times before but never so uniquely is to state the obvious. Abercrombie's beautifully conceived ending is a wonderful testament to this classic song's enduring appeal to jazz musicians.

Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello

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