Famed guitarist John Abercrombie's passion for jazz emerged in his teens, growing up in Connecticut, after hearing the music of Barney Kessel. While attending Boston's Berklee College of Music, Abercrombie joined the Brecker Brothers' jazz rock group Dreams, before a move to NYC in the early 1970s sharpened his reputation as a groundbreaking jazz guitarist for drummer Billy Cobham's fusion band Spectrum. A demand for solo albums soon arrived, leading up to the release of Timeless (1974), with Jack DeJohnette and Jan Hammer, followed by the seminal albums Gateway (1975) and Gateway 2 (1977). With a career spanning four decades, Abercrombie's albums have featured collaborations with Dave Holland, Ralph Towner, and more recently, Mark Feldman, and their release Wait Till You See Her (2009). Credited to the John Abercrombie Quartet, Within a Song came out in 2012.