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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 ... »

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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... »

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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... »

Guitar Summit, Monte Carlo

Guitar Summit, Monte Carlo, November 24, 2011

John McLaughlin, Philipe Catherine, Sylvain Luc, Mike Stern, Bireli Lagrene, Richard Bona, Dede Ceccareli, Dennis Chambers and Joey DeFrancesco had an all-star performance in Monte Carlo, Monaco on November 24, 2011. This was actually the first time in many years that The Free Spirits, McLaughlin, deFrancesco, Chambers were re-united playing Little Miss Valley together. Bireli Lagrene and Sylvain ... »

John McLaughlin and Carlos Santana

John McLaughlin and Carlos Santana at Montreux Jazz Festival July 1, 2011

John McLaughlin and Carlos Santana opened the Montreux Jazz Festival this year performing the first concert. The band comprised Etienne Mbappe (bass), Dennis Chambers (drums), Cindy Blackman Santana (drums) as well as keyboards, vocals and additional instruments. They covered a vast musical territory mostly from the 19060s and the 1970s, Bob Dylan’s It’s a hard rains gonna fall, James ... »

Ranjit Barot – Bada Boom

Ranjit Barot – Bada Boom

Ranjit Barot – Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Konnakol, Composer and Arranger With Special Guests: Zakir Hussain – Tabla John McLaughlin – Guitar U. Shrinivas – Electric Mandolin U. Rajesh – Electric Mandolin Matt Garrison – Bass Wayne Krantz – Guitar And Other Featured Artists… Tracks: 1. Singularity 2. T = 0 3. Revolutions (In memory of Charlie Mariano) 4. Su... »

John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension: To The One

John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension: To The One

In 2007, guitar legend John McLaughlin formed a fresh new jazz fusion quartet called the 4th Dimension. This energetic group has served as McLaughlin’s touring band ever since, and though they have released some material in various formats in the past, it’s all been limited to strictly live recordings – until now. To the One (Abstract Logix) finally captures the raw, fiery sound ... »

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John McLaughlin – drummers and percussionists

My first live concert with one of John McLaughlin´s drummers was in 1969. Mr. Ginger Baker of The Graham Bond Organisation, Cream, and Ginger Bakers Air Force played – with Blind Faith. Blind Faith was the short-lived “supergroup” – comprising Steve Winwood – ex-Spencer Davis Group and Traffic (keyboards), Eric Clapton (guitars), Ginger Baker (drums) and Rick Grech (bass). Blind Faith played... »

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John McLaughlin – on bass players beyond the first Mahavishnu Orchestra line-ups

Throughout the 1970s and thereafter John McLaughlin has recruited various very strong bass players in his different line-ups. Jack Bruce, ex. Graham Bond, ex-Cream, ex-Tony Williams Lifetime had a central role in McLaughlin ´s late 1970s period. They performed John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”, as well as Jack Bruce’s “Rope Ladder to the Moon” – from the Cream era. Later on Jonas Hellborg and Kai E... »

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