John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension. Liverpool Philharmonic, 10 May 2010
I’m not a paid-up member of the jazz cognoscenti club; unaware of the modals, keys, arpeggio, chords and whatever. I’m a music fan not a technocrat, and love all great music, whatever the genre. Frankly, I don’t give a monkey’s for influences when I’m listening; it’s what I hear and see that matters most. To me all great music is simply great music, it just often happens to speak different dialects. And for the last fifteen years John McLaughlin has been speaking my language. My first listen arrived back in ‘85 when I picked up a hi-fi magazine that happened to feature a selection of its top 50 audio critics’ albums, chosen for sound quality first, music content second. On that list was FRIDAY NIGHT IN SAN FRANCISCO and ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL LIVE which I ended up acquiring, along with the other 48. As they say, ‘they blew me away’, and I played them for months on end, eventually acquiring vinyl copies, and a further limited edition multi-bit/remastered version of the FRIDAY NIGHT CD.
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