John McLaughlin Interviewed at AAJ: Part 3 of « On the Road » Series.
No matter how well rehearsed a group is, opening night represents greater risks than usual—even with a group like John McLaughlin and The 4th Dimension, where improvisational chance-taking and in-the- moment interaction are defining characteristics. There’s a nervous energy about a first performance that can often make for some truly magical moments. But it’s also a time when minor snags that weren’t necessarily evident at rehearsal show up. For McLaughlin’s opening night at the Carolina Theatre in Durham, North Carolina, the magic far outweighed the snags for a near-capacity audience eager to hear the guitarist and his group, The 4th Dimension—keyboardist/drummer Gary Husband, bassist Hadrien Feraud and drummer Mark Mondesir.