2016-2017 - 4th Dimension US Farewell Tour
No Recordings were made in 2016, but we had a marvelous tour of Australasia which included the major cities in Australia, the island of Bali, Bangkok , Japan, South Corea and finally India. I also had the great pleasure to perform at the White House for the International Jazz Day on 30th of April.
This musical year ended in a marvelous tour of the US with the 4D band and the band of Jimmy Herring known as the Invisible Whip. It was my personal farewell tour of the US, and to bring everything full circle, there was a third set every night during which Jimmy and his band and the 4D brought to life a program from the music of The Mahavishnu Orchestras 1 and 2.
It was a thrill for me to have the musicians from both bands on stage playing this music. And as important, there was a presence of the spirit on stage which gave the music a passion and depth so necessary to bring this music to life.
2013-2015 - 4th Dimension
It was just before the beginning of the final Shakti tour which began in October-November 2013.
Much has happened since that time, and not all of it pleasant. I’d spoken to Paco de Lucia in late January of 2014 about a recording we were planning, just a few days before he left for Latin America, and we lost him forever February 25th…
Shortly after this I began a project with singer Shankar Mahadevan which we will eventually release as a CD. I am personally thrilled about this project which is a completely different « fusion » for want of a better word, of the magic of Shankar’s voice with orchestra and guitar.
The 4th Dimension (4D) toured the East coast of the U.S. in June 2014 during which we recorded at the Berklee Performance center in Boston, and came out with « The Boston Record » a few months later.
Shortly after this I had an opportunity to record with one of my most favorite musicians, Gonzalo Rubalcaba. Gonzalo has been making marvelous music for many, many years, and is a great source of inspiration.
On September 19th we lost another brother musician in U. Mandolin Shrinivas, and Shakti took a terrible blow with the loss which we have still not recovered from.
The 4th Dimension toured Europe in the fall of 2014, it was a marvelous experience. I had already began writing music for the album « Black Light » which is being prepared for release just now.
In the meantime I was invited to record a track with drummer Cindy Blackman and my old comrade, bassist Matt Garrison. I’ve known Cindy for years, and we’ve jammed together a couple of times, but this was the first time we got to record, she’s amazing, and those two together are dynamite!
4D will begin a tour of Australia and Asia starting in October this year, so I’m busy preparing programs that include new pieces from Black Light, and I can’t wait to start playing with the gentlemen!
2012 - Remember Shakti - 4th Dimension
In June the 4th Dimension flew to Ukraine to headline a great Festival held in Lviv.
2006-2011 - 4th Dimension - India
2003-2005 - Orchestral - Educational Projects
Fortunately I had the expertise of one of my oldest students, Yan Maresz, who is now one of the leading composers in the world of contemporary music, and while I wrote the music, the orchestrations are his. The soloists are all outstanding musicians: Violinist Viktoria Mullova, clarinetist Paul Meyer, cellist Matt Heimovitz and guitarist Philippe Loli. The piece was renamed ‘Thieves & Poets’ and finally came out under that name with a great Italian orchestra, Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano under the direction of Renato Rivolta.
1998-2003 - Remember Shakti
1997 - The Heart of Things
1996 - The Guitar Trio
1993-1995 - The Free Spirits - JM Trio
1987-1993 - The JM Trio
1980-1985 - Original Guitar Trio - The Translators
1979 - The One Truth Band
1975-1978 - Shakti
1971-1975 - Mahavishnu
After a club date in Boston in 1970 with Miles, he tells me it’s time to form my own band.
We had a great experience recording with the London Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas, and the entire production under the great George Martin.
At the same time in Indian influence was having its effect and by 1973-4 Shakti was a kind of underground band that played small concerts in churches and schools, while I continued with Mahavishnu. By the end of 1975, Shakti had become increasingly important to me, and by the end of the year, it became my only band.
1968-1970 - Miles Davis - Tony Williams Lifetime
Ray Bradbury: The Martian Chronicles.
Theodore Sturgeon: More than Human.
Philip K. Dick: The Transmigration of Timothy Archer,
Philip K. Dick A Handful of Darkness.
Mount Sadhu: The Life of Ramana Maharshi.
Anonymous: The Philosophy of theTarot.
Hazrat Inayat Khan: The Sufi Message. vol. 2 Music. (12 volumes)
D.E. Harding: The Hierarchy of Heaven and Earth
Khalil Jibran: The Prophet
The Life of Ramakrishna. Any version
Lobsang Lhalungpa: The Life of Milarepa
Vivekananda: The Works of Vivekananda.
Anonymous. The Way of the Pilgrim.
Carlos Castaneda: The books on Don Juan
Robert Persig: Zen and the art of Motorcycle maintenance.
Father Thomas Merton: The Way of Chuang Tzu
Father Thomas Merton: New Seeds of Contemplation
Alan Watts: The Way of Zen
Nisargadatta Maharaj: I am That
Vikram Chandra: Red Earth & Pouring Rain
Sheng-Yen: The Poetry of Enlightenment
D.T. Suzuki: The Zen Doctrine of No Mind
H.E. Huntley: The Divine Proportion
Aldous Huxley: The Perennial Philosophy
Karen Armstrong: A History of God