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John Abercrombie (born December 16, 1944 in Port Chester, New York) is an American jazz guitarist. Aside from his solo work he is known for his work with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette and the Brecker Brothers. Abercrombie has recorded principally with the ECM (record label) of Manfred Eicher.

Abercrombie is 1967 graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He was presented with a Berklee College of Music Distinguished Alumni Award in 1998. Abercrombie's first notable recordings were two albums with the jazz-rock band Dreams in 1970.

The ongoing groups he has led or co-led include:
  • Gateway, with bassist Dave Holland and drummer Jack DeJohnette (mid-1970s, and again mid-1990s)
  • duo with guitarist Ralph Towner (starting mid-1970s, occasionally through mid-1990s)
  • quartet with pianist Richie Beirach, bassist George Mraz, and drummer Peter Donald (late 1970s to early 1980s)
  • trio with bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Peter Erskine (mid-1980s to early 1990s)
  • trio with organist Dan Wall and drummer Adam Nussbaum (through 1990s)
  • quartet with violinist Mark Feldman, bassist Marc Johnson, and drummer Joey Baron (starting 2000)
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