By Sam Sodomsky Associate Staff
Jazz Guitarist John Abercrombie Dead at 72!
The innovative composer and bandleader worked with Gil Evans, Jack DeJohnette, and more.
John Abercrombie, the influential jazz guitarist, has died. The cause of death was heart failure, according to Ottawa Citizen. He was 72. Abercrombie’s innovative approach to guitar touched on multiple genres, including rock, folk, and avant-garde music. After attending Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Abercrombie moved to New York in the late ’60s, where he gained prominence as a session musician for Gil Evans, Gato Barbieri, Barry Miles, and more. In 1975, he released his debut album as a bandleader, Timeless, which was recorded with drummer Jack DeJohnette and keyboardist Jan Hammer. The record began Abercrombie’s career-long relationship with ECM Records. His final LP, Up and Coming, was released through the label earlier this year.