Personnel: John Abercrombie (guitar); Jan Hammer (piano, organ, synthesizer); Jack DeJohnette (drums).
Recorded at Generation Sound Studios, New York, New York on June 21 & 22, 1974.
TIMELESS is right--in the future, this is the kind of interplanetary jazz they're going to be playing at the docking stations of newly colonized planets. Recorded in 1974, TIMELESS is very much a product of its age. Lightning fast guitar and keyboard runs, hi-hats, and drums writhe around each other in serpentine fury, giving way to moments of stately grace and calm waters such as "Love Song." Composer John Abercrombie has remained one of the great session men and in-demand guitarists in both jazz and avant-garde circles since the mid-'70s.
TIMELESS may inhabit the central nervous system of '70s fusion, but the playing of Abercrombie and colleagues Jan Hammer and drummer Jack DeJohnette manages to transcend the virtuosity of the genre, via crackerjack ensemble performances and some truly arresting compositions. The opener "Lungs" sets the tone--Abercrombie's spacy guitars arc in waves of sound, cresting on Hammer's spiky organ licks and gurgling synth frills, as DeJohnette's searing percussion threatens to send the entire escapade crashing onto a sonic reef. Whew.