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Nov03

Music Heals

Posted on Nov 3 by

For my farewell tour of the US, Paul Reed Smith built me the guitar of my dreams. It is hand made and integrates everything I need in a guitar. It is a magnificent instrument of great intrinsic value, and after my final and farewell tour of America, it will become priceless to me. It is for this reason I wish to auction it at the end of my tour, to raise money for the people who are healing through music, traumatized children and adults, in Palestine. I again visited Palestine in mid October to see the situation, and unfortunately, it has deteriorated. There is acute need for support for this NGO. They are running out of funds, and the wonderful work they are doing will cease without additional support. Even if you have no desire for a guitar, you can always make a donation at the following website, no matter how small it may be, it will be received with profound gratitude. https://igg.me/at/kqzWVIWvyps Children are the future of our world, and those born in Palestine suffer for no reason...

Oct29

Guitarist John McLaughlin on a never-ending quest

Posted on Oct 29 by

R.I. is on farewell U.S. tour for the fusion pioneer and master of many styles. John McLaughlin may very well be the master of reinventing himself, something that began long before it became trendy. The 75-year-old British guitarist has focused predominantly on the wide-ranging genre of jazz, composing music and leading bands, but is known for meshing that with everything from flamenco to Indian classical music. His dabbling earned him a place in the music industry as one of the pioneers of true fusion. Read more...

Oct28

John McLaughlin on His Final U.S. Tour, Revisiting Mahavishnu Orchestra

Posted on Oct 28 by

When John McLaughlin looked through his archives in preparation for an upcoming tour celebrating his pioneering Seventies jazz-rock outfit the Mahavishnu Orchestra, he was shocked by how out-there his old tunes still seemed. « I was into my yoga, my meditation, no drugs, but I wrote some weird music in those days, man, » says the British guitar virtuoso with a laugh. Read more...

Oct19

John McLaughlin Talks Retirement, His North American Tour and the Late Paco de Lucía

Posted on Oct 19 by

« You know, musicians never die. They just decompose. So I’m on may way. » That’s John McLaughlin’s way of explaining his decision to retire from touring as he prepares for the start of his final North American run, The Meeting of the Spirits Tour with his band the 4th Dimension that begins Nov. 1 in Buffalo. McLaughlin isn’t quitting music, mind you; He just released a new album, Live @ Ronnie Scott’s. But the Mahavishnu Orchestra mastermind and band member for Miles Davis and Tony Williams Lifetime says simple aging has made it time to put the suitcases away. « God bless mother; I inherited music from her but I also inherited arthritis, so it’s creeping up on me, » McLaughlin tells Billboard. « I think one of the most catastrophic things that could happen would be to go on tour and have a really bad hair day where I’m not really able to play. That’s a nightmare for me. I don’t want to get confronted with that situation, so I told the guys in the band, and some months ago, that this...

Sep22

John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension Live @ Ronnie Scott’s

Posted on Sep 22 by

Regardless of the setting, fusion jazz legend John McLaughlin possesses a unique ability to blow its roof off, no matter how subdued or dazzlingly fast he plays. Settled contently with his tight backing crew the 4th Dimension, McLaughlin leaves no one at the famed London venue Ronnie Scott’s disappointed thanks to his even blend of Mahavishnu Orchestra classics and newer tunes from his more recent efforts Now Here This and Black Light.   Read more >...

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...