John Abercrombie "Jazz Guitar Improvisation"

John Abercrombie "Jazz Guitar Improvisation"


John Abercrombie
Jazz Guitar Improvisation
The Story
Gain mastery over the fingerboard and dramatically improve your ability to improvise freely on the guitar with "Jazz Guitar Improvisation". On this accessible and engaging DVD, jazz guitar great John Abercrombie provides the tools you need to play with more confidence, more clearly and with greater creativity. John demonstrates the basics of improvisational technique an then with unique series of exercise- playing on one string, creating half and quarter-note phrases, using only two notes per measure and more. He helps you play with limitations that force you to think differently about your music. You'll slow down and really listen, which will help your development as an improviser.

John's own compositions, along with the beautiful standard Stella By Starlight demonstrate the wide range of possibilities that exist for the improvising guitarist. Working through these pieces will give you powerful ideas on melodic development, polychording, dynamic, rhythmic changes and other essential skills.

John's lively and informative conversations and free-flowing duets with guitarist John Basile give you important insights into the vast potential of the guitar fingerboard.

Special DVD features include: Stereo, Enclosed Tab.

DVD Video, NTSC, Regions: All

Additional Facts
Born 1944 in Port Chester, NY, John Abercrombie grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut, and began playing the guitar at the age of fourteen. By the time he was out of high school, he was ready to veer away from imitative Chuck Berry licks in favor of learning to play the instrument more seriously. While enrolled at Boston's Berklee College of Music, Abercrombie worked with other students and played local clubs and bars.

An offer to tour with organist Johnny Hammond led to his going on the road for weeks at a time, playing such spots as Count Basie's Lounge and the Club Baron in Harlem. During that same period, Abercrombie met the Brecker Brothers who were in the process of forming Dreams. They invited Abercrombie to play with them, and he was heard on Dreams' debut album on Columbia.

Since the 1992 recording While We're Young with organist Dan Wall and drummer Adam Nussbaum, John has continued to work with the trio releasing Speak of the Devil" in 1993 and Tactics in 1997, On his most recent album Open Land, the trio is joined by violinist Mark Feldman, trumpeter/flugelhornist Kenny Wheeler and Joe Lovano on tenor saxophone.