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Oct. 10, 2001
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JAZZ GUITARIST ABERCROMBIE TO PERFORM
OSWEGO -- The John Abercrombie Trio, led by the jazz fusion guitar pioneer, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, in the Hewitt Union ballroom at SUNY Oswego. The appearance is the finale for the inaugural daylong Jazz Guitar Festival at the campus.
Abercrombie's guitar talents were recognized early, as he played with jazz giants including the Brecker Brothers and John Hammond while still attending Boston's Berklee College of Music. After graduation, he became an in-demand session musician and later attracted attention with "Timeless," his debut album on ECM Records.
"In the decades since, he's played very electric and very acoustic, but he's always been recognizable for a legato style that numerous other players have imitated," a review on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" noted.
The John Abercrombie Trio -- which includes organist Dan Wall and drummer Adam Nussbaum -- have released several acclaimed albums, most recently "Open Land." The Austin Chronicle's Harvey Pekar said the disc "seeks to pick up where Miles Davis' 'In a Silent Way' left off. The music is unhurried, cerebral and lyrical."
"Abercrombie is not only a wizard at crafting interesting solos that always seem to take unexpected turns, he's also an accomplished composer and arranger," Gene Hyde of Spectator Online said of "Open Land." "Hot solos and richly arranged lead charts threaten to burst the quiet surface veneer, yet never quite overwhelm the nuances of this album. The record thrives on this fine tension."
"Carrying on the tradition of jazz guitar from Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt to the present day is a very important aspect of my music," Abercrombie told Jazziz magazine. "I'd like people to perceive me as having a direct connection to the history of jazz guitar, while expanding some musical boundaries which may not always involve the guitar itself."
Tickets for the evening show, which is part of the Artswego Performing Arts Series, cost $12 for the public, $6 for SUNY Oswego students. The concert follows a full day of workshops and performances during the Jazz Guitar Festival -- including a master class/clinic by Abercrombie at 2:45 p.m.
For more information or reservations for the evening concert, call the Tyler Hall box office at 312-2141 or e-mail tylerbxo@oswego. edu. For more information about the Jazz Guitar Festival, call the SUNY Oswego music department at 312-2130.
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