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AbstractLogix :: Abstract Logix Label :: John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension: To the One

John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension: To the One
John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension: To the One 

2010 Label Release. Shipping April 14. Preorder Now and Get it before the Street Date

John McLaughlin (Guitar); Gary Husband (Keys, Drums); Mark Mondesir (Drums); Etienne Mbappe (Bass)


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With his new album To The One (Abstract Logix/Mediastarz), iconic guitarist and composer and 2010 Grammy Winner John McLaughlin looks backwards and forwards simultaneously. The six original songs are hauntingly evocative - with roiling rhythmic swells, modal expanses, and telepathic group interaction echoing the profound influence of John Cotrane's 1965 spiritual jazz masterpiece A Love Supreme.

Mostly written in July and August of 2009, the music composing To The One was set down in the studio in November and December, with very few overdubs, by McLaughlin's current performing outfit, the Fourth Dimension: Gary Husband (keyboards, drums), Etienne M'Bappe (electric bass), and Mark Mondesir (drums). Compositional devices clearly inspired by Coltrane are fused with elements of McLaughlin's own multi-faceted approach, all delivered with a group empathy and shared vision that harkens back to Coltrane's fearless mid-'60s quartet of Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, and Jimmy Garrison. The effect of Jones' kaleidoscopic approach to rhythm and drumming is especially felt, brilliantly recast and explored via McLaughlin's gift for complex metrical structures.

McLaughlin's restless, enquiring spirit is captured with disarming immediacy on To The One, vividly enhanced by both the skill and soulfulness of the Fourth Dimension. From the surging opener "Discovery" to the gently propulsive title track which closes the compact, forty-minute program, McLaughlin's own playing is at its very peak: emotional and probing, exploding into flourishes of rapid-fire sixteenth notes one moment, candid and unguardedly vulnerable the next. No slavish imitation or sentimental tribute, To The One is a fiery yet open-hearted work, taking on the artistic and spiritual challenges first offered by Coltrane's jazz masterpiece while making extensive use of the pioneering musical and technical vocabulary that McLaughlin has honed since the beginning of his storied career.

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Track 1 Discovery
Track 2 Special Beings
Track 3 The Fine Line
Track 4 Lost and Found
Track 5 Recovery
Track 6 To the One
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Author: carlo torrente
konnakol - ok !!! ciao my lord -john!!!!


Author: John
Wow! This is really good. It's great to see a remarkable artist like this receive the respect he deserves from Abstract Logix. Well done A.L. !


Author: joseph
This is the best John McLaughlin album in last 20 years at least. Tremendous playing, a virtuoso and the band is killer. cant wat to see them


Author: ksayne
Truly the best thing he's done in a couple of decades! Great songs, great playing, & finally decent electric guitar tones! McLaughlin has never slouched in his playing ability, but the electric tones he's chosen of late have really weakened the impact his playing should be making. That's not the case here; he's burning it up! And the percussion isn't over the top this time either (i.e. Floating Point). Definitely a great collection of inspired music!

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