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John McLaughlin with the One Truth Band: Guardian Angels

Read "John McLaughlin with the One Truth Band: Guardian Angels" reviewed by Scott Lichtman


John McLaughlin's “Guardian Angels" must be on the ultra-short list of “most iconic jazz/fusion songs clocking in under 1 minute." The song takes us back to the time when experimental fusion artists were exploring jazz/rock, classical and world music. “Guardian Angels" is a nugget of shape-shifting guitar arpeggios and time signatures, unified by L. Shankar's entrancing violin melody. It's so catchy that once you hear it, you're likely to remember it for decades--like this reviewer has. Fifty-one seconds is all ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Mr. Roboto, Meet Mr. Mahavishnu

Read "Mr. Roboto, Meet Mr. Mahavishnu" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


This episode's title is a wee bit misleading. The boys don't meet Mr. Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, of course) but rather Matt Phillips, long-time listener to the podcast who just happened to write a very good book on the famous fusion guitarist called John McLaughlin: From Miles and Mahavishnu to The 4th Dimension. The book covers the whole of McLaughlin's recorded career--not just his best known years with the Mahavishnu Orchestra--and our conversation is also wide-ranging. And, no, Mike hasn't turned ...

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Reassessing

The Electric Years Box Set

Read "The Electric Years Box Set" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


In a year that has brought us a true bounty of previously unheard majesty including Evenings at the Village Gate: John Coltrane with Eric Dolphy (Impulse!), and Bill Evans; Treasures: Solo, Trio & Orchestra Recordings from Denmark (1965-1969), (Elemental Music) it is only fitting that Miles Davis get his due. And in a very, very big way. Seared into modern memory, modern art, the music presented on the gloriously massive, eleven LP set Miles Davis: The Electric Years ...

Live Review

John McLaughlin Quintet al Teatro AEGI di Hannover

Read "John McLaughlin Quintet al Teatro AEGI di Hannover" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


John McLaughlin Quintet Teatro AEGI Hannover, Germania 12.10.2023 Si è appena concluso il trionfale tour della sua band Shakti per la ricorrenza del cinquantennale (purtroppo solo 7 date in Europa, e nessuna in Italia) che il chitarrista John McLaughlin è di nuovo on the road, questa volta con un nuovo quintetto, che non è altro che il suo ultimo gruppo 4th Dimension, ovvero il bassista camerunense Etienne Mbappe, il batterista indiano Ranjit Barot e ...

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Book Review

John McLaughlin: From Miles and Mahavishnu to The 4th Dimension

Read "John McLaughlin: From Miles and Mahavishnu to The 4th Dimension" reviewed by Jeff Schwartz


John McLaughlin: From Miles and Mahavishnu to The 4th Dimension Matt Phillips 287 Pages ISBN: # 978-1-5381-7094-6 Rowman and Littlefield 2023 In fall 2023 John McLaughlin led a new edition of his band Shakti on a world tour. Reviews and fan videos caught the eighty- one-year-old McLaughlin playing with the same breathtaking technique and abundant creativity as when he debuted atop the jazz world on Miles Davis' In a Silent Way (Columbia, 1969) ...

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Album Review

Shakti: This Moment

Read "This Moment" reviewed by Geno Thackara


The Shakti of This Moment is essentially the Shakti of all its moments--a natural fusion bridging jazzy interplay with the forms and rhythms of Hindustani carnatic music, even if the sound is leagues away from the all-acoustic wildfire that singed countless ears with the live Shakti with John McLaughlin (Columbia, 1976). The group's unexpected reemergence after never-mind-how-many decades comes with a share of surprises, from touches of vaguely reed-like MIDI guitar to the presence of a co-lead violin for the ...

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Live Review

Shakti At Hammersmith Eventim Apollo

Read "Shakti At Hammersmith Eventim Apollo" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Shakti Hammersmith Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, jny:London June 27, 2023 All things must come to pass. Still, it came as a shock to learn that Shakti's two concerts in London would be their last in the UK. Earlier dates in India, a summer tour of Europe and North American dates through August and September would amount not just to a comeback, but also a long goodbye. After 50 years, John McLaughlin and Zakir Hussain, ...


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