John Abercrombie: The First Quartet | ECM 4732437

John Abercrombie: The First Quartet

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Label: ECM

Cat No: 4732437

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Jazz

Release Date: 20th November 2015

Contents

Artists

John Abercrombie (guitar, mandolin guitar)
Richie Beirach (piano)
George Mraz (double bass)
Peter Donald (drums)

Artists

John Abercrombie (guitar, mandolin guitar)
Richie Beirach (piano)
George Mraz (double bass)
Peter Donald (drums)

About

This 3-CD set with recordings from 1978 to 1980, issued in ECM’s acclaimed Old & New Masters series, returns some historically-important material to the catalogue, namely the albums Arcade, Abercrombie Quartet and M. The quartet with Richie Beirach, George Mraz and Peter Donald John Abercrombie’s first touring band as a leader – was the group in which the guitarist defined some priorities, moving away from a jazz-rock period into a more spacious, impressionistic and original music. Abercrombie and pianist Beirach had a strong musical rapport as improvisers and wrote almost all of the band’s book between them. George Mraz and Peter Donald provided imaginative support. For this edition the recordings - made in Oslo and Ludwigsburg and produced by Manfred Eicher – were remastered from original analogue sources.

Tracklist:

CD 1
1. Arcade (John Abercrombie)
2. Nightlake (Beirach)
3. Paramour (Abercrombie)
4. Neptune (Beirach)
5. Alchemy (Beirach)

CD 2
1. Blue Wolf (Abercrombie)
2. Dear Rain (Abercrombie)
3. Stray (Beirach)
4. Madagascar (Beirach)
5. Riddles (Beirach)
6. Foolish Dog (Abercrombie)

CD 3
1. Boat Song (Abercrombie)
2. M (Abercrombie)
3. What are the Rules (Beirach)
4. Flashback (Beirach)
5. To Be (Abercrombie)
6. Veils (Beirach)
7. Pebbles (George Mraz)

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