John McLaughlin announces new album and Tour


July 24, 2012    l   By Ablx Staff

Now Here This releases October 18, 2012 on Abstract Logix/Mediastarz




(Los Angeles, CA) – It has been nearly two years since world-renowned guitarist John McLaughlin released To the One, his highly acclaimed, first studio recording, with The 4th Dimension. The veteran guitar aficionado celebrates his 70th birthday year with the announcement of Now Here This (Abstract Logix) set for release on October 18th as he ups-the-ante even further with greater fire, finesse and freewheeling interplay.

McLaughlin’s musical influences carry over to many of the musical elite also declaring him to be “the best guitarist alive,” as Jeff Beck mused in 2010. In 2003, McLaughlin was ranked 49th in Rolling Stone magazine list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time and in the summer of 2007, McLaughlin performed at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival in Bridgeview, Illinois. Chick Corea remarked to DownBeat Magazine that “…what John McLaughlin did with the electric guitar set the world on its ear. No one ever heard an electric guitar played like that before, and it certainly inspired me. John's band, more than my experience with Miles, led me to want to turn the volume up and write music that was more dramatic and made your hair stand on end.

McLaughlin’s latest creative venture with The 4th Dimension, reflects a slight, yet significant, alteration of the dynamic, specifically the recruitment of powerhouse Indian drummer Ranjit Barot. Cameroon-born/Paris-resident bassist Etienne M'Bappe is back from To the One, as is keyboardist/drummer Gary Husband. This 8-track set of McLaughlin originals testifies to the guitarist's decades-long fascination with Indian music, through his effortless virtuosity, and relentless lyricism, even when the guitarist is shredding at near-light speed. 

As John himself simply states, “Now Here This  is the culmination of my life's work till now.”

The critical praise for McLaughlin’s latest musical venture is cascading forth; John Fordham of The Guardian declares, …this tight 40-minute document hums with a collaborative energy. There is little doubt that McLaughlin's return to the electrified fusion he first innovated more than 40 years ago in groups led by trumpet icon Miles Davis and drum legend Tony Williams - and, of course, with his own earth-shattering Mahavishnu Orchestra - is as electrifying and exhilarating as ever. And for those new to the genre, Now Here This is the perfect introduction - one that will surely encourage them to also dive, head-first, into this legendary guitarist's lengthy and groundbreaking discography.

Upcoming Tour Dates

27/10/12 Toulouse La Halle aux Grains / Jazz sur son 31 France
28/10/12 Bordeaux Le Rocher de Palmer France
30/10/12 Roubaix Théâtre le Colisée France
31/10/12 Strasbourg - Schiltigheim Salle des Fêtes France
01/11/12 Zurich Gesenerallee /JazzNoJazz Festival Switzerland
03/11/12 Wroclaw Hala Orbita / Wroclaw Guitar Festival Poland
04/11/12 Gdansk Polska Filarmonia /Jazz Jantar Festival 2012 Poland
07/11/12 Ravensburg Konzerthaus Germany
08/11/12 Leverkusen Leverkusener Jazz Tage Germany
09/11/12 Dresden Germany
11/11/12 London Barbican / London Jazz Festival UK
14/11/12 Novosibirsk SibJazzFestival Russia
16/11/12 St Petersburg BKZ Oktjabrskij Russia
17/11/12 Moscow Bavikha Village Russia
18/11/12 Minsk Theater of Music Comedy Russia
19/11/12 Helsinki Finlandia-talo Finland
20/11/12 Oslo Victoria Nasjonal Jazz Scene Norway
21/11/12 Oslo Victoria Nasjonal Jazz Scene Norway
23/11/12 Chiasso Cinema Teatro Chiasso Switzerland
24/11/12 Sacile Teatro Zancanaro Italy
25/11/12 Bologna Teatro EuropAuditorium / Bologna Jazz Festival Italy

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