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Abrecrombie, John - Solos: The Jazz Sessions

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Part of the 39-part Jazz Sessions music profile/performance television series, this episode focuses on the work of jazz guitarist John Abercrombie. Combining bop and free jazz stylistic elements with utilising electronics such as phase shifters, guitar synthesisers and the volume pedal, Abercrombie keeps his playing style fresh by refusing to be chained to these digital devices.

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Product Details

  • Actors: John Abercrombie
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: ORIGINAL SPIN MEDIA
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2010
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003BWQDEQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,031 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I have a lot of time for Abercrombie's talents,but this is difficult to write because he's not playing to his strongest suite. John's a conversational musician;he's always thrived in small groups/duos where the aim was co-operative and everyone actively listens to each other. This recording has him totally on his own. Many guitarists who work as soloists either use counterpoint,basslines and/or percussive effects to generate interest and establish dynamics. John has adapted the Wes Montgomery bare thumb approach(without sounding anything like Wes)which means that he can't hide behind speed and flash and overplay.The phrasing,note choice and composition are what anyone would expect who is familiar with his work,but if you're used to listening to other solo guitarists the result can be-unfairly-a bit flat. John actually alludes to much of what I've highlighted here.I think if he'd always concentrated on more solo playing we'd be witnessing a very different DVD-too bad.
Contrary to the perception of another reviewer,there are a few short interview sections,but to agree with that person,try the Greg Osby/Abercrombie DVD if you want to see John Abercrombie as his(free)best.
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I'm a big fan of John Abercrombie and dig the solos series, my only wish is that the it would of been longer or had a John Abercrombie interview, the Abercormibe/Osby DVD does.
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