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Sep19

John McLaughlin and the Elevation of the Musical Spirit

Posted on Sep 19 by

John McLaughlin, who both Pat Metheny and Jeff Beck have deemed the greatest guitarist we have, has released his latest album, Live at Ronnie Scott’s with his band, The 4th Dimension, and is preparing for a November US tour with guitarist Jimmy Herring and his band, The Invisible Whip. Each band will perform separately and then together in an event called “Meeting of the Spirits,” echoing McLaughlin’s jazz fusion roots with the legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra. But it might be a misnomer to call jazz-rock his roots, for McLaughlin began with R&B and rock and has widened the boundaries of classical Indian, flamenco, psychedelia and of course, the new direction jazz took when he performed with Miles Davis, including such musical paradigm shifts as Bitches Brew and Jack Johnson.   Read more...

Sep15

John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension: Live @ Ronnie’s review – heavy-hitting and formidable

Posted on Sep 15 by

Earlier this year, on a two-night stand at Ronnie Scott’s, the 75-year-old guitar giant John McLaughlin (Jeff Beck, Pat Metheny and Chick Corea are among his famous fans, but he has also been a key pioneer of Asian-western fusions) spliced new material from his 4th Dimension quartet’s 2015 Black Light album with reworkings of his classic 70s jazz-fusion themes . This heavy-hitting but almost as often thoughtful live set is the result. The 4th Dimension are pianist/drummer Gary Husband, bass guitarist Étienne Mbappé and east/west percussionist Ranjit Barot – McLaughlin’s formidable regular partners for a decade. The Mahavishnu Orchestra’s Meetings of the Spirits arrives as crashing power chords and galloping drum-work, but finally the theme’s famously brooding hook unleashes flying double-time improv from both McLaughlin and Husband. The recent Gaza City is slow-burningly lyrical, Sanctuary a mood-sustaining tone poem full of violin-like guitar entreaties. It’s a must for the gigs’ attendees, but also for all post-70s fusion fans, wherever they came in.   Read more...

Sep14

John McLaughlin Premieres « Sanctuary »

Posted on Sep 14 by

Jazz fusion guitar legend John McLaughlin and his band—the 4th Dimension—are set to release their new live album, Live @ Ronnie Scott’s, on Friday, September 15. Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of one of the album’s signature cuts, a beautiful version of the Mahavishnu Orchestra classic, « Sanctuary. » « The word Sanctuary is itself a powerful word. Every human being seeks sanctuary at some point in their lives. The word ‘sanctuary’ breathes peace, calm and place and time to restore well being, » said McLaughlin of the song.   read more >...

Sep11

[REVIEW] John McLaughlin And The 4th Dimension: Live At Ronnie Scott’s

Posted on Sep 11 by

Music has taken him and his guitar to some of the most exotic far reaches of the world, but Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club will always have a special place in John McLaughlin‘s heart. His mid-1960s time in the famous London venue’s house band was a key early step in his musical life, and he idly wonders « where would I be without them? » five decades later. No doubt he would still be a legend today; such boundless curiosity and imagination would have led him to some adventurous path one way or another. Nonetheless, this homecoming show of sorts provides the perfect occasion to celebrate a scorching group at the top of their game. Read more >...

Juil11

Live at Ronnie Scott’s Preorder

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    PRE ORDER EUROPE   PRE ORDER US   JOHN MCLAUGHLIN – TRAILBLAZING GUITARIST, COMPOSER, AND BANDLEADER – TO RELEASE LIVE @ RONNIE SCOTT’S ON SEPTEMBER 15 on ABSTRACT LOGIX MUSIC Searing set finds McLaughlin’s 4th Dimension exploring material from  throughout his storied career. “Ronnie Scott’s…” mused the boundary-shattering guitarist John McLaughlin, “…where would I be without them?” The venerable London jazz club and its charismatic namesake gave so much to McLaughlin’s career, the roots of which extend as far back as McLaughlin’s stint as a member of the club’s house band in the 1960s. Since then, his pioneering spirit, instrumental virtuosity, and improvisational fearlessness have taken him around the world, put him on stage alongside fellow giants such as Miles Davis and Tony Williams, and has given listeners a series of compelling, revolutionary recordings that have redefined improvised music for generations to come. On September 15, Abstract Logix issues Live @ Ronnie Scott’s – a souvenir of a sold-out, two-night stand at the beloved venue by John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension, recorded in March of 2017....

Juin15

The Mahavishnu Orchestra Gig List by Walter Kolosky

Posted on Juin 15 by

This Mahavishnu Orchestra Gig List is the product of hundreds of hours of laborious research and the hunting down of obtuse clues. The ultimate goal is to verify every single show the original Mahavishnu Orchestra ever presented. In the course of this endeavor an important historical document will be created. The imagery of the poster artwork and ads, the humorous misspellings, the growth from opener to headliner and the universe of diverse musicians sharing the bills paint a vivid picture of the ascending orbit of this truly remarkable band. The gig list also shows just how much this band worked! It was too much, really. How could you not be totally exhausted, physically and mentally, playing this demanding music day after day, night after night in city after city? It amazes me the band was able to keep it together for as long as it did. Every meteor eventually crashes. The rise of The Mahavishnu Orchestra took place during a period of great artistic freedom and expression in the United States. Yet, the times were also enveloped in social,...