John Abercrombie Quartet: Wait Till You See Her (ECM/Ode)

 |   |  <1 min read

John Abercrombie Quartet: Line Up
John Abercrombie Quartet: Wait Till You See Her (ECM/Ode)

For the first two-thirds of this album featuring guitarist Abercrombie, violinist Mark Feldman, bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Joey Baron, the more vigorous emotions are kept in check: the tunes breeze by on Abercrombie's fluid and smooth, warm tone, Feldman offers the barests of suggestions of gypsy violin (and its attendant humours) -- and then on Out of Towner the finger-snap grooves come in, Baron (often a fiery drummer) kicks the tempo along and everything really starts to hum.

But there are plenty of times when you wish for just that little more obvious energy these players possess: the final piece Chic of Araby is also a highlight as Abercrombie plugs in to his inner Bill Frisell for some seductively hypnotic playing which is woozy and sounds slightly stoned.

Not to say that all which has preceded these two final tracks has been bloodless, quite the opposite: the music is refined but heartfelt (their treatment of the Rogers and Hart title track is deft, gentle and quite lovely).

But for longtime Abercrombie listeners, while this will confirm their good opinion of the man, there may be a sense that it is all too late by the time that final third comes to life.

Abercrombie has been one the great quiet presences on the ECM label (along with Terje Rypdal) and his playing relationship with Feldman has previously been highly profitable.

But this time round even loyalists may feel they are learning little new from their man. 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Jazz at Elsewhere articles index

THE ARRIVAL OF THE KIWIJAHZZ LABEL (2021): Notes from the underground

THE ARRIVAL OF THE KIWIJAHZZ LABEL (2021): Notes from the underground

Those with a decent memory will recall the iiii label out of Wellington which was enormously prolific and – like the Braille label back in the Eighties from the same city – revolved... > Read more

Neil Cowley Trio: Radio Silence (HideInside/Southbound)

Neil Cowley Trio: Radio Silence (HideInside/Southbound)

British jazz pianist Cowley and his trio seem to blow hot and cold: their '06 album Displaced was terrific (see here), but on their Loud Louder Stop of last year (here) they resorted to repetitive... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Sam Prebble (aka Bond Street Bridge)

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Sam Prebble (aka Bond Street Bridge)

Auckland singer-songwriter Sam Prebble -- who performs under moniker Bond Street Bridge (the actual bridge just around the corner from me, so he's one of my "homies") -- is a longtime... > Read more

GUEST WRITER GREG PARSLOE explains the addiction of stockcar racing

GUEST WRITER GREG PARSLOE explains the addiction of stockcar racing

I blame my father for my addiction. Week in, week out, he dragged us kids along to Waikaraka Park Speedway for “Stockies” on a Saturday night during the Seventies. At first it... > Read more