John Abercrombie - Timeless (1975/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

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John Abercrombie - Timeless (1975/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

John Abercrombie - Timeless (1975/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time - 43:54 minutes | 1,57 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

John Abercrombie's debut as leader has lived up to its title: the album is a collection of Timeless music, a fiery session with Jan Hammer on keyboards and drummer Jack DeJohnette that sounds as fresh on this reissue as when it was first released in 1975.

The trio kicks things off in high gear with “Lungs,” a heaping pile of kindling set ablaze by Hammer’s high-octane staccato, DeJohnette’s explosive hi-hat, and Abercrombie’s unusually frenetic fretwork. A sublime energy is maintained throughout and the payoff is supremely satisfying—all the more so for its brevity, as the music suddenly changes avenues just a few minutes in. Hammer relays between organ and synth, keeping the pace (and the funk) through trailing guitar solos that send notes like cosmic fingers flicking galaxies into outer space. The organ smolders quietly in the background before clinching a new groove, which Abercrombie laces with lines flanged just right for the mix. It all ends in a game of musical jump rope, with Abercrombie skipping over the alternation of drums and organ. “Love Song” is true to its name and is the first of two exquisite conversations between piano and acoustic guitar. Just as the organ trailed long rows in the soil of our attention, the piano comes as a welcome rain for our crop and the guitar like the sun that infuses it. This brings us to “Ralph’s Piano Waltz,” a highlight of these six fine offerings. Like the album as a whole, this track is a superlative balancing act. It’s a construct so seamless that if you don’t find your foot tapping during this one, you might want to make sure it’s still attached. The electric leads speak in their respective languages, but also mimic each other along the way. “Red And Orange” is what might result if Bach had survived into the 1970s as a closeted jazz musician, and is another standout in a set of many. “Remembering” is an alluring chain of tableux and the second of the two duets. Abercrombie sustains details the piano seems content to ignore, loosening those threads from their weave. We end with the title track, which builds slowly from a synth drone peppered with guitar musings to a full-on embrace of space.
This evergreen stands tall in the ECM forest. There is no sense of competition, only mutual reveling in a distinctly nuclear sound. One could easily call it fusion, but if anything it is fused with itself, for it has created every element it seeks to combine. Timeless indeed.


01 - Lungs
02 - Love Song
03 - Ralph's Piano Waltz
04 - Red And Orange
05 - Remembering
06 - Timeless

Produced by Manfred Eicher. Engineered by Tony May.
Recorded on June 21-22, 1974 at Generation Sound Studios, New York.
Mixing Engineer: Jan Erik Kongshaug.

John Abercrombie - guitar
Jan Hammer - organ, synthesizer, piano
Jack DeJohnette - drums

Analyzed: John Abercrombie / Timeless

DR Peak RMS Duration Track
DR13 -1.29 dB -16.69 dB 12:19 01-Lungs
DR10 -2.86 dB -17.83 dB 4:37 02-Love Song
DR12 -0.56 dB -16.89 dB 4:57 03-Ralph's Piano Waltz
DR11 -2.37 dB -15.96 dB 5:24 04-Red And Orange
DR12 -2.99 dB -18.40 dB 4:34 05-Remembering
DR11 -3.63 dB -18.43 dB 12:02 06-Timeless

Number of tracks: 6
Official DR value: DR12

Samplerate: 192000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 4769 kbps
Codec: FLAC

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