John Abercrombie with Jared Gold and Adam Nussbaum
Healdsburg SHED, 25 North St.
Thursday, June 8. Two shows, 7 and 9 p.m. $40
Sometimes the clichéd shoe fits: John Abercrombie is truly one of the legends of jazz guitar. And while his influences can be hard to pin down—over the years, critics have heard in his playing and composing the lyricism of Bill Evans and the “outness” of Ornette Coleman, along with folk, rock, and Eastern and Western art musics—Abercrombie himself cites past masters of his instrument: Charlie Christian, Jim Hall, Wes Montgomery.
The albums Abercrombie made for ECM in the 1970s and 80s—landmark trio albums with Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette, duos with acoustic guitarist Ralph Towner, a series of highly-regarded quartet dates—helped define that label’s trademark “sound”: atmospheric, pensive, evocative. More than thirty years later he’s still an ECM mainstay, with a beautiful new CD featuring tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano, bassist Drew Gress, and drummer Joey Baron.
Organist Jared Gold‘s emergence as one of the New York area’s most in-demand musicians comes from years of dedication and respect to his instrument. With such notable inﬂuences as Larry Young, Jack McDuff, and DonPatterson to draw upon as a foundation, the emphasis on ﬁnding his own voice has now clearly taken precedence and required Gold to construct his own unique philosophy based on extending harmony and solidifying the groove.
Aside from his work with Abercrombie, veteran drummer Adam Nussbaum has had long and fruitful collaborations with guitarist John Scofield and saxophonist Dave Liebman, as well as important associations with Gil Evans, Lee Konitz, Steve Swallow, and countless others.