John McLaughlin Trio: Live at the Royal Festival Hall (1990)
A raucous crowd involves itself from the opening moments of "Blue In Green," to the percussive volcano "Mother Tongues," to the swinging "Blues for L.W". (Just a note about "Blues for L(ech) W(alesa)": this was one of the rare tunes that McLaughlin continually played over the years in all his different bands. In fact, he may have played it too much. This is its best performance on record, however).
Gurtu mesmerizes during an absolutely brilliant percussion break on "Mother Tongues." The resourceful player finds the center of the beat on every conceivable device, even endowing a bucket of water with melodic and rhythmic importance!
Several moments of musical hilarity ensue during the course of the concert, making it a worthwhile recording even if you don't entirely dig the style. The trio became stronger when Dominique DiPiazza replaced Eckhardt a year later (as on Que Alegria ), but you shouldn't kick this recording out of bed.
Related link: John McLaughlin Reviews @ All About Jazz .
Track Listing: Blue in Green; Just Ideas/Jozy; Florianapolis; Pasha's Love; Mother Tongues; Blues for L.W.
Personnel: John McLaughlin- guitar; Trilok Gurtu- percussion; Kai Eckhardt- fretless bass
Record Label: JMT Productions
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock