The John Abercrombie Tribute is a project of three musicians. They each have a special relationship with the American guitarist and composer John Abercrombie who died in August 2017.
In addition to being a great guitarist, John Abercrombie was a gifted composer. His duo with Ralph Towner and the John Abercrombie Quartet (with Michael Brecker, Peter Erskine and Marc Johnson) are well known. Later also the duo with Marc Copeland. John can be heard on more than 65 albums. His intuitive, melodic and profound harmonies give his compositions his personal signature. This can be described as contemplative, sensitive and, as he described it himself, ‘not in your face’.
The John Abercrombie Tribute is presented in collaboration with ProJazz.
As one of John’s favorite drummers, Adam Nussbaum has been a member of various bands and recording sessions for years. Among others the Nuttree Project (John Abercrombie, Adam Nussbaum, Jerry Bergonzie & Gary Versace) and the John Abercrombie, Adam Nussbaum & Dan Wall group. Hein van de Geyn was part of the John Abercrombie trio during his stay in the USA. Conversely, John was part of van de Geyn’s own trio ‘Baseline’ with which they also recorded three albums.
For Ed Verhoeff, John was an important inspiration and ‘direction indicator’ during his studies at the conservatory. It was in the same period that Ed was asked by Hein to be part of the ‘European’ Baseline. This as a shadow band from his American counterpart. This led to an intensive collaboration with Hein. This lasted from 1990 to 2010 (the year in which Hein decided to leave for South Africa). An absolute highlight in this collaboration is a series of concerts and the CD recording of ‘The Guitar Album’, in which both Ed and John were part.