Monthly Archives: March 2017


Two out of print John Abercrombie albums
Marco Oppedisano -The Good News (for classical or electric guitar quartet)
Bill Evans Trio with Symphony Orchestra
Bill Evans – Portrait In Jazz
Bill Evans – Everybody Digs Bill Evans
Bill Evans – How My Heart Sings!
Bill Evans – I Will Say Goodbye
Lou Reed – Hudson River Meditations
Derek Bailey & Dave Holland – Improvisations for Cello and Guitar
Jerome Cooper – the Unpredictability of Predictability
David Diamond – Complete String Quartets, Vol.1 & 2
Craig Taborn – Chants
Craig Taborn – Daylight Ghosts
Matt Mitchell – Vista Accumulation
Mary Halvorson – Ghost Loop
Bill Bruford and Patrick Moraz – Music for Piano and Drums
Bill Bruford and Patrick Moraz – Flags
John Adams – Scheherazade.2
Ralph van Raat, John Adams – Complete Piano Music
Virgil Donati – In This Life
Virgil Donati – Stretch
Sofia Gubaidulina – Concerto for Bassoon and Low Strings
Sofia Gubaidulina – Triple Concerto (2016), for Violin, Cello, Bayan and Orchestra

Albums never released on CD…

John Abercrombie has been on innumerable sessions over the years, many of them have never been released on CD. Straight Flight (JAM 5001) aka Direct Flight (DSP-5015) was recorded in March 1979 with the same rhythm section – George Mraz (bass), Peter Donald (drums) – that appear on his ECM quartet albums from that period. Straight Flight gives us to an excellent chance to hear Abercrombie playing standards during that time. I’ve never seen a copy, but I’ve been told there were many copies in the discount bins when it went out of print.

The First Quartet box on ECM includes Beirach on piano.

Beautiful Friendship (Concord CJ 243) by Canadian bassist Don Thompson features Abercrombie (guitar) and Michael Smith (drums). Dave Holland fills in on bass when Thompson plays piano.

John Abercrombie Trio

Straight Flight (JAM 5001)

In Your Own Sweet Way
My Foolish Heart

Bessie’s Blues
There Is No Greater Love 
Beautiful Love 

John Abercrombie – guitars
George Mraz – bass
Peter Donald – drums

Don Thompson

Beautiful Friendship (Concord CJ 243)

Even Steven

My One and Only Love

Blues for Jim-San

I’ve Never Been in Love Before

For Scott La Faro

A Beautiful Friendship

Ease It


Don Thompson – bass, piano
John Abercrombie – guitars

Michael Smith – drums
Dave Holland – bass

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