1970 to 2010
December 16, 1944 in New York
Port Chester, New York, United States
John Laird Abercrombie (born December 16, 1944) is an American jazz guitarist, composer and bandleader. His work explores jazz fusion, post bop, free jazz, and avant-garde jazz. Abercrombie studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He recorded his debut album, Timeless with Manfred Eicher's ECM label, and has recorded principally with this label since. Abercrombie has played with Billy Cobham, Ralph Towner, Jack DeJohnette, Charles Lloyd, Michael Brecker and Randy Brecker. He is known for his spare, understated, and eclectic style and his work with organ trios.