Timeless Original recording reissued, Import
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Audio, Cassette, March 15, 1994
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My impression is that the ECM "Works" series, which made for convenient samplers, is out of print, and as much as I love Dave Holland's playing on the Gateway disks, if I were looking for an initiation to Abercrombie's music, I'd start with this one.
The sound of the record is tight, energetic, yet somehow mellow. Jack DeJohnette is superb throughout, Jan Hamer makes a rare appearance on Hammond B3 and just sizzles! On the up-tempo side is "Lungs" an opening burner that settles into an exploratory groove. On the mystical, searching side is the title track that takes a simple motiff and weaves a long gorgeous story that has much more to do with what we think of as the "ECM sound" than "fusion". This should be your first stop on the way to discovering the rich discography of John Abercrombie. Five Stars (meaning: EVERY track is superb, no clunkers, no filler)
1. Lungs - Gets off to a fiery start with call-and-response phrases at times reminiscent of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, it then starts to wind down to a mysterious and spooky mid-section (conjuring up images of a fog shrouded night in the woods) before ending on an unexpected funk jam to a fade out.
2. Love Song - Hammer and Abercrombie go for forlorn musical hues in this guitar/piano duet.
3. Ralph's Piano Waltz - Not forgettig his more traditional jazz roots, JA cooks up a piece that seems to evoke Miles Davis in it's memorable melody line, and featuring a SMOKING Hammond solo by Hammer.
4. Red And Orange - Baring the fangs this time with a Jan Hammer tune that rocks out yet retains the looseness of jazz. Great intense melody line too.
5. Remembering - A dissonant, angular piano/guitar duet that builds tension and pulls you along in its spell
6. Timeless - As another reviewer pointed out, it was amazing how JA could take a very simple phrase with chordal drones and turn it into something very mysterious and open, I couldn't agree more, definitely the most hypnotic track on the disc and a great closer.
The album starts off with a up-tempo tune, "Lungs", which after some six minutes turns out to be different and more free than first meets the ear. After seven minutes, it changes direction with Hammer playing some space-like bass organ and other spacy sounds while Abercrombie backs him up with spacy riffs too. It's very remiscent of Herbie Hancock and Head Hunters. The second song is "Love Song", a four-minute song acoustic guitar and piano duo that flows like water. "Ralph's Piano Waltz" is more up-tempo. "Red And Orange" is a spacy, almost electronica-like piece that starts off with a wamp. "Remembering" is a melancholic piece with acoustic guitar and piano. And finally the title piece "Timeless" is the best piece on the album, I think. It lives up to its title with its slow beat, universal sound-scape, and lovely guitar playing.
I found out about "Timeless" when hearing the Abercrombie Rarum album, and I looked for the best of his album and found this. It's worth the money in the long run.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.5 stars. A classic jazz fusion album. All three players shine on the album and the tracks are all worthwhile. Read morePublished 16 months ago by captainamerica
I bought this when it first came out, and my first thought was -- "Hmmmn...This guy sure has the chops, but essentially this is vest-pocket Mahavishnu. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Daniel G. Schaeffer
John Abercrombie - Timeless
John Abercrombie's Timeless is a jazz prog fusion masterpiece that must be heard! Read more
The title track is the reason to buy this music. Slow, enveloping, beautiful. This is an excellent listening choice near bedtime.Published 23 months ago by Steven R. Severance
Great album, superbly recorded with fantastic material. A fresh take on the jazz-rock equation, and one of the somewhat over-looked gems of the '70s. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Adam Holzman
When is ECM gonna finally wake up, remaster and re-release this "timeless" fusion classic in a box-set format, hopefully with unreleased live material, as they did with their... Read morePublished on February 27, 2013 by J. Cooney
This ECM session from 1974 has to be among the very best in their extensive catalogue. "Timeless" is guitarist John Abercrombie's first album and, for that, he recruited quite an... Read morePublished on April 22, 2012 by Paulo Alm
The item purchased was in very good conditions, just as the owner had described it.
It also came very quickly, despite the fact that I live across the Atlantic. Read more