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John McLaughlin Receives Honorary Degree at Berklee’s Campus in Valencia, Spain

John McLaughlin Receives Honorary Degree at Berklee’s Campus in Valencia, Spain

Berklee President Roger H. Brown presented an honorary doctor of music degree to legendary guitarist, composer, and pioneering bandleader John McLaughlin on July 10, during the commencement ceremony for the graduate programs at Berklee’s campus in Valencia, Spain. “The role of music is today what it has always been in the past,” he said in his acceptance remarks. “It is the universal language of l... »

John McLaughlin - Live at Ronnie Scotts

John McLaughlin ‘Live @ Ronnie Scott’s’ Vinyl Release

Live at Ronnie Scott’s is a single vinyl that features 6 songs from the CD. The music has been completely remastered for this release . It features all the Mahavishnu Orchestra songs that appear on the CD ( Meeting of the Spirits, Vital Transformation, Miles Beyond, Sanctuary) along with Gaza City and Here Come the Jiis. Collectors Edition 180 GM Vinyl. 1000 copies only. Special Artwork by J... »

John McLaughlin

John McLaughlin

Music has taken him and his guitar to some of the most exotic far reaches of the world, but Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club will always have a special place in John McLaughlin‘s heart. His mid-1960s time in the famous London venue’s house band was a key early step in his musical life, and he idly wonders « where would I be without them? » five decades later. No doubt he would still be a legend today; suc... »

John McLaughlin: Black Light

John McLaughlin: Black Light

Black Light includes 8 original McLaughlin compositions, including a heartfelt homage to his departed colleague, collaborator, and friend Paco De Lucia – with whom McLaughlin had intended to compose an album’s worth of new material just before De Lucia’s untimely passing. McLaughlin has returned to acoustic guitar for a tribute to his friend, entitled “El Hombre Que Sabia” and brings forth from th... »

Gary Husband: Dirty and Beautiful Vol 1 (Remixed and Remastered Edition with 4 Bonus Cuts)

Gary Husband: Dirty and Beautiful Vol 1 (Remixed and Remastered Edition with 4 Bonus Cuts)

“It’s been a real pleasure to revisit this album, open up all the multitracks and completely remix the material. Actually, two of the more understated tracks remain nearly the same – namely the Mark King jam and the solo keyboard piece – but aside aside from those it’s all a very different affair to what you know on our first edition. You’ll even experience a little more of our (initially quite ab... »

Four great artists – and their live interpretations of “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat”

Four great artists – and their live interpretations of “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat”

Having heard the live version, by different artists, of what has become somewhat of a “standard”, namely “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” it is remarkable how durable this composition has been throughout a rather long time span of jazz and rock history. My first encounter was this melody was the live version by Charles Mingus himself on double bass, at the very beginning of the 1970s. Mr. Mingus – being an ... »

The Palestine Concert

John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain and Shakti: The Palestine Concert

Though far removed from the occupied Palestinian territories, the Akha people of South East Asia have a saying about music that strikes a universal note; a village without music is not a village. Back in the 1930s and 1940s there was a Palestine Philharmonic but now it’s called the Israeli Symphony Orchestra, just one more example of the cultural occupation that Israel exerts on Palestinians. The ... »

John McLaughlin

John McLaughlin: “See clearly … feel deeply”: Improvisation and Transformation

JOHN MCLAUGHLIN: “SEE CLEARLY … FEEL DEEPLY”: IMPROVISATION AND TRANSFORMATION BY: DANIEL FISCHLIN On the cusp of a North American concert tour in late 2010 and hot off the release of To the One, his musical meditation on Coltrane’s A Love Supreme and his own lifelong spirit-quest, celebrated guitarist John McLaughlin agreed to a CSI request for an interview focusing on improvisation and spiritual... »

John McLaughlin

John McLaughlin: On The Path To The One

JOHN MCLAUGHLIN: ON THE PATH TO THE ONE One night during the 2009 Five Peace Band tour, John McLaughlin is in the midst of his first solo of the evening. At a peak of inspiration, he starts quoting on his guitar the chant John Coltrane vocalizes on his seminal “A Love Supreme”. However, he does this at the same time the band has started slowing down to end his solo. Rhythmically, McLaughlin’s phra... »

The 4th Dimension

John McLaughlin and The 4th Dimension Live in Oslo, Norway, November 20 and 21, 2012

John McLaughlin and The 4th Dimension played two concerts (both sold out in advance) at Nasjonal Jazzscene in Oslo on November 20 and 21. The concert´s first number was Guitar Love from the new album, Now Here This followed by Little Miss Valley and Abbaji dedicated to the father of Zakir Hussain in Shakti, the late and great tabla player Allah Raka. In the middle of this number The One Truth Band... »

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