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Ralph Towner - 100% match to John Abercrombie

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Arild Andersen - 88% match to John Abercrombie

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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27 October 1945, Lilleström, Norway. Andersen’s career as a jazz bass player began under the tutelage of Karel Netolicka and the influential American jazz composer and theorist George Russell, who was then resident in Sweden. From 1966-73 Andersen toured throughout Scandinavia, working with Russell’s orchestra and sextet, Jan Garbarek’s trio and quartet, Read more

Terje Rypdal - 86% match to John Abercrombie

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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23 August 1947, Oslo, Norway. The son of a nationally famous conductor, Rypdal had piano lessons as a child, but taught himself the electric guitar. Studying composition at Oslo University, he also studied George Russell’s theories of improvisation with Russell himself, and then played in his big band and sextet. In the late 60, Rypdal began to collaborate with Jan Garb Read more

Eberhard Weber - 85% match to John Abercrombie

Genres: Jazz World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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22 January 1940, Stuttgart, Germany. Weber’s father taught him the cello from the age of six and he only turned to the bass in 1956. He liked the sound of Bill Haley’s records, saw an old stand-up bass hanging on the wall in the school gym and tried it out. He played jazz in his spare time from making television commercials and working as a theatre director and onl Read more

John Surman - 77% match to John Abercrombie

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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John Douglas Surman, 30 August 1944, Tavistock, Devon, England. Surman is a remarkable player on soprano and baritone saxophones, bass clarinet, bamboo flutes and sometimes tenor saxophone and synthesizers. He was a member of the Jazz Workshop at Plymouth Arts Centre with Mike Westbrook while still at school, and relocated to London with Westbrook’s band in 1962. He stu Read more

Charles Lloyd - 61% match to John Abercrombie

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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15 March 1938, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Lloyd was self-taught on tenor saxophone, which he played in his high school band. He gained a Masters Degree at the University of Southern California and became a music teacher at Dorsey High in Los Angeles. In October 1960, he joined the Chico Hamilton Quintet, where he played flute, alto and clarinet as well as tenor, and soon beca Read more

Enrico Rava - 59% match to John Abercrombie

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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20 August 1939, Trieste, Italy. Rava’s mother was a classical pianist, but he began on trombone in bands playing New Orleans jazz and then graduated to trumpet. He studied with Carmine Caruso in New York and joined Gato Barbieri’s quintet in 1964. Between 1965 and 1968 he toured with Steve Lacy, then left to join trombonist Roswell Rudd, with whom he worked until 1 Read more

Paul Motian - 56% match to John Abercrombie

Genres: Jazz Soundtracks
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Stephen Paul Motian, 25 March 1931, Providence, Rhode Island, USA. Motian played guitar in Providence in his teens, then served a term in the US army. On his discharge in 1954 he went to New York to study music at the Manhattan School. By 1956 he was playing drums for George Wallington and Russell Jacquet. Between 1956 and 1958 he worked with Tony Scott, with whom he met th Read more

Jack DeJohnette - 54% match to John Abercrombie

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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9 August 1942, Chicago, Illinois, USA. DeJohnette studied piano for 10 years, graduating from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. He also played saxophone, but was inspired by the example of Max Roach to take up drums, which he played with the high school band. He would practise for four hours on drums and four on piano, and played in all sorts of situations, from Read more

Carla Bley - 53% match to John Abercrombie

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Kenny Wheeler - 53% match to John Abercrombie

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Kenneth Vincent John Wheeler, 14 January 1930, Toronto, Canada. Sometimes known as Weeny Keller, this outstanding jazz composer, trumpet, cornet and flügelhorn player is one of the shyest and most self-effacing artists imaginable. Buddy Rich once said ‘show me a humble man and I’ll show you a nonentity’ which must make Wheeler the world’s most respec Read more

Oregon - 53% match to John Abercrombie

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This inventive and influential progressive jazz chamber group was formed in 1970 from the nucleus of the Paul Winter Consort, an aggregation led by Paul Winter. Oregon originally comprised Ralph Towner (1 March 1940, Chehalis, Washington, USA; guitar, keyboards), Collin Walcott (b. 24 April 1945, New York City, USA, d. 8 November 1984, Magdeburg, Germany; percussion, sitar, Read more

Gary Burton - 51% match to John Abercrombie

Genres: Jazz Music Videos & Concerts World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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23 January 1943, Anderson, Indiana, USA. After teaching himself to play piano Burton studied music formally before switching to the vibraphone. In 1960 he recorded with Hank Garland, a country guitarist, but then moved into jazz with a two-year stint at Berklee College Of Music, where he began an important musical association with Mike Gibbs. In 1963 he became a member of Ge Read more

Dave Holland - 50% match to John Abercrombie

Genres: Jazz
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Jan Garbarek - 43% match to John Abercrombie

Genres: Jazz
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4 March 1947, Norway. Inspired by hearing John Coltrane on the radio in 1961, Garbarek taught himself to play tenor saxophone (subsequently adding soprano and bass saxophone). In 1962 he won an amateur competition, which resulted in his first professional work, and he was soon leading a group with Jon Christensen, Terje Rypdal and Arild Andersen. In 1968 he was the Norwegia Read more


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