November-6th-2008, 03:39 PM
John Abercrombie's Timeless and Gateways...
My first post on this fine forum, let me say "Hi" to you all.
My favorite ECM recordings are John Abercrombie's Timeless and the first two Gateway albums; there are some compositions on these albums that I became addicted to and simply listen to on a daily basis, namely Timeless, Sorcery No. 1, Nexus, Opening, Lungs, Back-Woods Song.
I'd like to know where else I can listen to these songs - other albums, live recordings - official or not - cover versions etc.
I'd love to see them playing this early stuff live...
November-8th-2008, 12:51 PM
I know of two other versions of Timeless. One on Ralph Towner's "Solo Concert" and another on Oregon's "Friends". Although neither is as good as JA's original.
November-9th-2008, 02:29 PM
Thanks for the info. Come to think of it, there is a version that I know of, played acoustically by John, Larry Coryell and the Brazilian player Badi Assad.
Here it is on Youtube:
Last edited by Pyogenesis; November-9th-2008 at 02:30 PM.
November-12th-2008, 05:39 PM
This radio bcst circulates:
w/ Trilok Gurtu + Rainer Brueninghaus
(dec 19, 1992)
1. Fireside (Bruninghaus) 15:22
2. Baba (Gurtu) 11:58
3. Timeless (Abercrombie) 14:19
4. Minimal 2 (Bruninghaus) 14:34
5. Raga Rag (Bruninghaus) 14:24
November-15th-2008, 12:00 AM
There's also a wonderful version of Timeless on a 1976 gig of ECM artists at the Village Gate.... Abercrombie, Towner and Wallcott... I got hold of the gig at dimeadozen many years back...
November-15th-2008, 09:54 AM
sounds tasty, hopefully it gets a reseed.
Originally Posted by orangefunk
November-15th-2008, 11:25 AM
Gerry Niewood from Chuck Mangione's quartet of the seventies covered "Timeless" on his debut album on Horizon Records. It would be somewhere around 1976. I own it on lp but haven't listened to it in years, and I'll dig it up today.
December-20th-2008, 01:24 PM
I'm also a big fan of timeless and the first 2 gateway trio albums.
I don't think any guitarist has really gone to the places where abercrombie did, particularly on the first gateway. Including abercrombie!. His legato and bends in a fairly straightforward jazz setting were mindblowing.
anyways, there are a few live dates in circulation online.
theres a gateway trio live in bremen germany in 1983 that has timeless and alot of the first album tracks.
theres also a 73 date from germany that i have not heard yet.
abercrombie is also heard to good advantage on the early ecm enrico rava album- The Pilgrim and the Stars
December-20th-2008, 01:48 PM
Some other worthy obscure Abercrombie performances - the other early Rava albums (Quotation Marks on JAPO, The Plot - kind of a partner album to the earlier Pilgrim)...and a fantastic contribution to Barre Phillips' Mountainscapes, the last track. A very unusual solo for John A.