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  • Audio CD (31 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B001CSQIN2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,774 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Part of the new 'Touchstones' series of specially-priced and newly packaged albums from ECM's back catalogue. All featuring the original artwork and brand new packaging - double cardboard sleeves reminiscent of the original LPs.

The Gateway trio was one of ECM's great, early ensembles and all three would go on to record many masterpieces for the label. This is intense, fiery (even sometimes rockish) music that defies categorization. DownBeat spoke of its "daring and visionary spirit" in a 5-star review.

Recorded 1975

Personnel:
John Abercrombie - (guitar), Dave Holland - (double-bass), Jack DeJohnette - (drums)

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By os TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Oct. 2014
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'Gateway' is an extraordinary testament to the idea that the disparate elements that make up jazz and rock,can in the hands of skilled and adventurous practitioners be made to make music that is at once driving and exploratory. Recorded in 1975 this album still sounds innovative and challenging.Where as the Mahavisnu Orchestra might be described as a jazz-rock band, this trio are definitely a jazz band but with rock inclinations.Tracks like 'Unshielded Desire' point to a band who can summon up speed and fury tempered with finesse and imagination. The album consists of a selection of powerful rhythmic vamps and a few 'composed' tunes such as the mysterious 'Jamalia' which is a little beauty. Yet this is not a 'jam' session. There are no wasted notes or over-long solos. Rather the music is about interplay and making use of the space that a trio naturally affords.

For those listeners new to John Abercrombie will hear a guitarist who has an immediately identifiable tone- thick ,floating yet also sharp ,and on occasion almost acerbic.His solos have a strong sense of purpose, always packed with unusual ideas and never relying on speedy licks for their own sake. Abercrombie is also interesting because he uses volume swells to create unusual tones and textures. This means that the music is always free to change direction or character as the particular tunes in question develops.Listen to 'Scorcery 1' with its wonderfully apocalyptic bass line that serves as a very solid platform for some of Abercrombie's most inspired and 'out there ' guitar playing.

In summary, a very good album -stunning playing, well recorded and as fresh and exciting as it was when first conceived.
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One of the first ECM albums that I ever heard, and still one of my favourites. Messrs. Abercrombie, Holland and DeJohnette probably need no introduction to a readr of this review, but what a combination. All are fleetfooted and can turn on a sixpence. As one of the "Touchstones" reissue series, this now represents an absolute bargain. Can not recommend this highly enough.
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I'm afraid I can't agree with the other 5 star reviews on this title (sorry!). Without wishing to be too blunt, the tunes on this album far too often take off into what can only be described as high class noodling, something a label like ECM often seems overly responsible for (if Manfred Eicher had a quality control department ECM would be a singles label!). No one can deny that Abercrombie, Holland and DeJohnette are fine musicians, virtuosos sure. Abercrombie’s fluidity on the guitar neck is something to marvel at, Holland is a fine bassist but not someone who has much 'swing' (not that that's too important in work such as this) and DeJohnette is a drummer with a wide palette, but at times doesn't lay back enough and over embellishes his work with percussive superfluities. Yes, we know they can play, but barring the pretty impressive opener 'Backwoods song' there isn't much on this album that really is that good. 'Waiting' is Holland and DeJohnette doing pretty much nothing of any substance, ‘Sorcery I’ has its moments, a bit of a jazz/rock rockout at times but struggles to find much traction from Abercrombie’s Hendrix like flailing. ‘May Dance’ is moderately appealing but at 11 minutes the middle improv' section stops the track feeling whole. ‘Jamala’ again is mainly lightly structured improvisation, with DeJohnette rapidly playing as many parts of the kit he can to moderate effect. ‘Unshielded Desire’ opens with DeJohnette and Abercrombie playing at a high pace and that's pretty much what continues for the next 4 minutes+ with Abercrombie in rock mode, not bad, not good! Unfortunately the problem is that no amount of virtuosity will ever make up for a lack of half decent head arrangements/tunes - before the musicians bounder off into the land of semi free improv.Read more ›
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