New John Abercrombie Documentary on DVD
ECM Records released the documentary Open Land – Meeting John Abercrombie on DVD on June 15 to international audiences. The film, which will be available in the U.S. on Aug. 3, was directed by Arno Oehri and produced by Oliver Primus. Watch the trailer for the film via the player below:
Combining and contrasting images and sound, the director is able to achieve a balance between music passages and interviews. In Open Land, we see Abercrombie gigging with Gary Versace and Adam Nussbaum, jamming with Rob Scheps, Eliot Zigmund and David Kingsnorth in New York, teaching music students at Purchase College, talking guitars with New York luthier Ric McCurdy and hanging out at home.
In addition to live performances, the film’s soundtrack includes selections from many of his ECM recordings – from Timeless, his 1975 debut album for the label, to 39 Steps, his penultimate ECM album from 2013.