John Abercrombie Quartet - Up and Coming (ECM Records, 2017) Guitarist John Abercrombie builds upon the success he found on his pervious album, 39 Steps, with another quartet album featuring Marc Copland on piano, Drew Gress on bass and Joey Baron on drums. The music is patient and melodic, and at times mild and melancholy. The musicians approach the songs on this album with a sense of calm beauty, and the music is taken at a mostly ballad or medium tempo, like on the Miles Davis standard "Nardis" or the original and intricately woven "Silver Circle" but they will then occasionally move into a faster setting as on the short and sweet "Flipside." The band is up to the challenge of this type of playing, moving with tactful restraint and developing what sounds like a crystalline latticework of notes and chords building to a thoughtful approach to melody and improvisation. The music is very atmospheric in its approach, flowing like a current of air or water, with mellow turns of phrase rather then jarring leaps. amazon.com
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