John McLaughlin: On The Road, Part 2: The Rehearsal
It was an opportunity to relax, have a drink and a bite to eat, and to chat with the groupbut also with a number of musicians, writers and just plain fans who have traveled from as far away as India for the group's first show. Amongst the many in attendance: banjoist Ryan Cavanaugh, who is currently ripping it up as a member of saxophonist Bill Evans' Soulgrass group; drummer Jeff Sipe, whose latest release is the stellar collaboration with guitarist Alex Machacek and bassist Matthew Garrison, Improvision
(Abstract Logix, 2007); Rod Sibley, who will be traveling with the group for the entire tour and helping out on a variety of fronts; bassist Robert Troy Cole, whose group Jaafar is, in some ways, a Middle Eastern equivalent to McLaughlin's ongoing work with Indian musicians in Remember Shakti and other projects; Walter Kolosky, who has written the definitive history of The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Power, Passion and Beauty: The Story of the Legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra
(Abstract Logix Books, 2005); and, of course, Abstract Logix's Souvik Dutta and his family.
It was a great way to end a day that set the stage for what listeners can look forward to from McLaughlin and The 4th Dimension's tour: energy, commitment and chemistry; a sense of open community; and, of course, plenty of risk and the sounds of surprise that will undoubtedly make it one of the most memorable musical events of 2007.
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