England’s Wild Strings Quartet has produced a wonderful eponymous album that's perfect for Sunday mornings. The music is jazz-based, but a strong classical approach and some occasional ambient leanings shape its character. The acoustic Quartet offers several John McLaughlin pieces, a stunning tribute to Paco DeLucia and a few original compositions.The McLaughlin pieces, such as the opener, “Trilogy,” mostly come from his Mahavishnu period and are treated with love and respect. In fact, if you were not aware of their lineage, you may think these tunes were forms of modern Baroque. It is doubtful that any improvisation took ...read more
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