John Abercrombie, Renowned Jazz Guitarist, Dead at 72

John Abercrombie, renowned jazz and fusion guitarist, has died at age 72, according to a post on his Facebook page.

An alum of the Berklee College of Music, Abercrombie became hugely influential within the jazz fusion genre through his recordings for the ECM label.

Albums like 1975's Timeless—which Abercrombie recorded with Jack DeJohnette and keyboardist Jan Hammer—would come to define the label's groundbreaking sound.

Aside from his dozens of recordings as a band leader, Abercrombie was for decades also a frequent member of the highly regarded trio Gateway, along with DeJohnette and bassist Dave Holland.

Abercrombie remained active until he was sidelined by a stroke earlier this year, releasing Up and Coming with his John Abercrombie Quartet in January.

You can listen to some of his work below.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.