Posted on Jan 29, 2008 in News | 29 comments

Today we finished mixing a new CD called ‘Floating Point’. My sound engineer Marcus Wippersberg has been with me for the past week in the Mediastarz studio in Monaco.

I’m really happy with this new recording which took place in India (Madras) last year during our stay there.
I invited a rhythm section consisting of the top musicians in India today who need no lessons on western music: Ranjit Barot on drums, Sivamani on percussion and Louiz Banks on keyboards. The bassist in my current group ‘The 4th Dimension’ Hadrien Feraud, plays bass on all pieces, but was in Australia at the time of the recording and had to record his parts separately.

I also invited some of the new young ‘lions’ of India today, including vocalist Shankar Mahadevan. They are the guest soloists on the pieces, and are outstanding. You’ll hear Slide Guitarist Debashish Battacharya, ‘Electric’ Sitarist Niladri Kumar, Bamboo Flutists Naveen and Shashank and Electric Mandolinist U. Rajesh. American saxophonist George Brooks brought his soprano to ‘Abbaji’ which we had played live together on February 3rd – the anniversary of the passing of the great artist Alla Rakha, and to whom this piece is dedicated.

Now while this CD features predominantely Indian musicians, we are in quite a another form compared to the group Shakti. The music is for the most part ‘Jazz-Fusion’ if a label has to be put on it, but with the musicians involved in this project, it has also a ‘world’ kind of atmosphere.

I really am happy with the outcome of this CD which actually came about quite spontaneously and without any real planning. You can hear in the music where I am in my development, and in which directions I’m moving.

It was a real thrill to play with these players, and I offer my thanks to them for their unique contributions. I truly wish and hope that it brings something to the listeners, and I also offer my deep thanks to them for their continued support to my dedicated work.

John McLaughlin