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John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension Offer First New Recording in Five Years to Benefit the Jazz Foundation of America during Covid-19 Crisis

The blues may be the only thing even more universal than the current global pandemic we are all operating through. With this in mind, pathbreaking guitarist and bandleader John McLaughlin has convened his longstanding band the 4th Dimension — Gary Husband (keyboards), Etienne M’Bappe (bass), and Ranjit Barot (drums, konnakol) — via the Internet to record “Lockdown Blues,” the multifaceted ensemble’s first new studio recording in five years. Although each performer contributed his part remotely from far-flung locales (McLaughlin: Monaco, Husband: London, M’Bappe: Paris, Barot: Mumbai), their deeply felt connection transmits clearly through high-s... »

Gary Husband

Gary Husband launches new Drum videocast series

Drummer Extraordinaire Gary Husband (Allan Holdsworth, John McLaughlin, Jack Bruce, Level 42) is launching videocasts, the first set of which he’ll be releasing today. The videocasts will tackle a broad and diverse range of topics and hopefully you will find some amongst them that will be of interest to you. It was very important for Gary to make them both packed with content as well as affordable and not to tie people into a financial commitment via a monthly subscription. So each tutorial will typically be 30 to 40 minutes in length and will cost £8 (which works out about 9€ or US$10). Many come bundled with downloadable drum-less track play-alongs, drum charts and links to insp... »

Shakti-2020

Shakti 2020

Formed in 1973 by guitarist John McLaughlin and tabla maestro Zakir Hussain , SHAKTI pioneered a groundbreaking East meets West collaboration and played a pivotal role in establishing Fusion music. The violinist L.Shankar and ghatam player T.H. Vikku Vinayakram were part of the original band which toured several years in its original formation around the world to highly acclaimed praise. For professional reasons, the group disbanded in 1978 and for two decades each of the musicians followed their own highly successful careers and only in the late 90’s was the band reformed with Shankar Mahadevan on vocals, U.Srinivas on mandolin and Selvaganesh Vinayakram replacing his father Vikku.&nb... »

Is That So?

John McLaughlin – trailblazing guitarist, composer, Shankar Mahadevan- India’s foremost music composer, singer and tabla maestro- Zakir Hussain to release groundbreaking album IS THAT SO?

Six years in the making, the album brings together the three visionary musicians in a musical landscape, never explored before. Six years in the making, Is that So? is one of John McLaughlin’s deepest and most profound musical collaborations with prolific Indian composer and vocalist Shankar Mahadevan. Joining the duo is their life-long friend and musical brother Ustad Zakir Hussain on the tabla, who has been collaborating with John since they founded Shakti in the early ‘70s, acknowledged by most to be the first groundbreaking crossover East-West musical group. “The idea for this album appeared in my mind early 2013. Shankar and I had been touring with Shakti and I was consta... »

Jimmy Herring and The 5 of 7 Tokyo Dates

Jimmy Herring And The 5 Of 7 Head to Japan for Their First International Appearances

4-night residency at The Blue Note and Cotton ClubFollows US Tour DatesNovember 25, 26, 27, 28 Tickets: Cotton Club |  Blue Note (Atlanta, GA) – August 20, 2019  —   With less than a month to go until Widespread Panic guitarist Jimmy Herring and his new band, The 5 of 7, load up the trucks, the band announces their first ever international appearances. The group is  headed to Japan for a four night stand starting November 25th at The Blue Note in Tokyo and then to Cotton Club for 3 nights. Each night of the tour will features 2 sets. This is notably Herring’s first performances as a bandleader outside of North America. The first run of tour dates begin on September 12th in Denver... »

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