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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 ... »

John McLaughlin

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... »

John McLaughlin

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... »

John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension

John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension – Bass Players

Given that John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension are about to tour Europe in April-May 2010 it may be of interest to look at his bass players throughout 4th Dimension era. First Hadrien Feraud, who toured North America, actually played with Dominique diPiazza in Monte Carlo in November 2006 at the charity concert given there. Dominique di Piazza performed his tour de force “Hi Jacked” at this conc... »

Five Peace Band

Five Peace Band – Live

(Live concert review from May 1, 2009 at Flynn Theatre in Burlington, VT). The Flynn Theatre in Burlington, Vermont would be the last stop of this historic meeting of fusion gods Chick Corea and John McLaughlin. The night before in Boston the Five Peace Band ran through its repertoire that was supposedly honed through a long worldwide tour. Though good, the band just didn’t seem to catch fire. I w... »

The Five Peace Band

The Five Peace Band – Live in Salzburg, Austria, November 9, 2008

The Five Peace Band played live at the final concert of Salzburger Jazz-Herbst in Austria Sunday November 9, 2008. The set began with John McLaughlin and Chick Corea performing a duo version of In a Silent Way. The two were then joined by Kenny Garrett on saxophone, Vinnie Colaiuta on drums and Christian McBride on bass for a new rendition of The 4th Dimension’s Raju (Floating Point, Abstract Logi... »

Chick Corea, John McLaughlin and Five Peace Pand : Monaco

Chick Corea, John McLaughlin and Five Peace Pand : Monaco

Chick Corea and John McLaughlin met back in 1969. The first tune they ever played together was In A Silent Way with the legendary Miles Davis. Tonight (Oct 22, 2008) at the opening night of their world tour that started at the Grimaldi Theatre in Monte Carlo, Monaco these two long time friends paid tribute to both Miles and composer Joe Zawinul by reprising their 1969 effort on the evening’s first... »

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