John Abercrombie: Long Ago and Far Away


Long Ago and Far Away


John Abercrombie (guitar)


Tactics (ECM 1623)

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John Abercrombie (guitar),

Dan Wall (organ), Adam Nussbaum (drums)


Composed by Jerome Kern


Recorded: New York, July 13-15, 1996


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

The guitar/organ/drums combo, so fashionable in the 1960s, was revived in the '80, but no one gave a more personal version of it than Abercrombie, Wall and Nussbaum. The first two musicians definitely take an unconventional approach to their instruments. The guitar's long, almost liquid lines and subtle chords find in the organ's soft, yet firm phrasing a perfect companion. Nussbaum's drums help them find ways of swinging that take them far from the groovy clichés attached to the origins of this type of combo. The way they carry this timeless standard way beyond most other versions bears witness to the utter originality of this trio.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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