“This recording of the final set at the Warfield Theatre brings to full circle the amazing advent of TheMahavishnu Orchestra in 1971, and its renaissance on this night in San Francisco,” mused the boundary-shattering guitarist John McLaughlin. On his farewell tour of America, which was comprised of 25 concerts, John invited one his favorite musicians, guitarist Jimmy Herring and his band “The Invisible Whip”, to explore the timeless music he had created four decades ago. On September 21, 2018, Abstract Logix issued “Live in San Francisco” – a souvenir of a sold-out concert at the historic Warfield Theatre, a beloved venue last visited by John McLaughlin thirty six years ago. In the 4th Dimension – Ranjit Barot (drums, konokol), Gary Husband (keyboards, drums), and Etienne M’Bappé (bass) and in The Invisible Whip – Kevin Scott (Bass), Matt Slocum (Clavinet and B3), Jason Crosby (Fender Rhodes, Violin, Vocals) and Jeff Sipe (Drums) – “The Meeting of the Spirits” tour featured a 9-piece orchestra that further amplified the seminal music he created in the 70’s, documented in albums – “Birds of Fire”, “Inner Mountain Flame”and “Visions of Emerald Beyond”. So connected are the nine members that the interplay approaches telepathic levels, making for powerfully evocative performances without any wasted gestures. Longtime fans will be thrilled to hear favorites like “Eternity’s Breath” (from Mahavishnu’s 1973 “Visions of Emerald Beyond”) and “Trilogy” (from 1973’s “Between Nothingness And Eternity”) reexamined through the lens of both the bands’ unparalleled sensitivity and astounding power. As such, “Live in San Francisco” offers a tantalizing document of the Meeting of the Spirits Tour. “Playing these timeless compositions with John and The Fourth Dimension was a life changing experience!” said Jimmy Herring.
Format: CD Cat No.: ABLX-059 Barcode: 700261467016
John McLaughlin / Jimmy Herring (Guitars), Gary Husband / Matt Slocum (Keyboards), Etienne Mbappe / Kevin Scott (Basses) and Ranjit Barot / Jeff Sipe (Drums). With Jason Crosby – Violin.
1. Meeting of the Spirits (8:53) 2. Birds of Fire (7:50) 3. A Lotus on Irish Streams (7:13) 4. The Dance of Maya (10:09) 5. Trilogy (13:01) 6. Earth Ship (8:59) 7. Eternity’s Breath Part 1 & 2 (9:39) 8. Be Happy (7:05)
Executive Producer: Souvik Dutta.
Recorded live at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, California 0n December 8, 2017.
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John McLaughlin and Jimmy Herring with the 4th Dimension and The Invisible Whip: Live in San Francisco
"McLaughlin’s message is still that an open mind and peaceful heart are the keys to both musical and human progression – that hasn’t changed much over the years. And also that good music needs an element of madness."
"As rewarding and vital to the success of this album (and indeed these concerts) as the presentation of faithful, incendiary versions of this material may be, it's the departures that kick the whole up a notch."