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YEAR IN REVIEW

Most Read Album Reviews: 2020

Read "Most Read Album Reviews: 2020" reviewed by Michael Ricci

All About Jazz tracks how often an album review is read, and the reviews listed below represent our most popular in 2020. The Complete 1969 Recordings King Crimson by John Kelman Published: October 31, 2020 Is That So? John McLaughlin Shankar Mahadevan Zakir Hussain by Ian Patterson Published: February 3, 2020 Just Coolin' Art Blakey & The ...

LIVE REVIEW

Montreux Jazz Artists Autumn of Music

Read "Montreux Jazz Artists Autumn of Music" reviewed by Martin McFie

The Montreux Palace Autumn of Music Montreux Switzerland 12-17 October 2020 The obvious, burning question for Montreux Jazz Festival press officer Marc Zendrini, concerned plans for the Festival in 2021. He replied “We have safe possibilities for outside performance next summer, all along the lakefront. But for which artists, on what dates, with which airline? It's all too early to tell." The 2020 Montreux Jazz Festival was cancelled in April but the virtual version attracted ...

INTERVIEW

John McLaughlin: Where The Muse Leads

Read "John McLaughlin: Where The Muse Leads" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

John McLaughlin—Miles Davis protégé. Jazz/rock revolutionary. East-meets-West visionary. Acoustic, electric and electronic guitar maestro. Now elder statesman of jazz—what is there left to say? A lot it seems... As a septuagenarian who was facing debilitating hand issues—and possibly the end of his playing career—he was starting to say his farewells to touring only a few years ago. Now he seems a man brimming with hope over his miraculous rebound and new musical inspirations—even while addressing the ...

RADIO

John McLaughlin & The Mahavishnu Orchestra (1969 - 1972)

Read "John McLaughlin & The Mahavishnu Orchestra (1969 - 1972)" reviewed by Russell Perry

British guitarist John McLaughlin contributed to creating the bold new sound of Miles Davis's great proto-fusion works, In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew. He was a member of what could be the first great fusion band, Tony Williams' Lifetime, and then founded what Ben Ratliff describes as “the ideal band for the time," the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Playlist Host Intro 0:00 John McLaughlin Quartet “Binky's Beam" from Extrapolation (Polydor) 3:31 John McLaughlin Quartet “Peace Piece" from Extrapolation (Polydor) ...

ALBUM REVIEW

John McLaughlin Shankar Mahadevan Zakir Hussain: Is That So?

Read "Is That So?" reviewed by Ian Patterson

When mandolinist Uppalapu Srinivas passed away in 2014 it seemed to signal the end of Remember Shakti. A great loss to music on both scores. Five years later, in early 2019, the band reformed with violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan for a one-off concert in India, sparking a new lease of life for the band. And many, no doubt, will eagerly seize upon this John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain and Shankar Mahadevan project as a scaled down Remember Shakti. After all, from the ...

ALBUM REVIEW

John McLaughlin: John McLaughlin and Jimmy Herring - Live in San Francisco

Read "John McLaughlin and Jimmy Herring - Live in San Francisco" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

If you're a concert-goer of a certain age (and ilk), 2017 and early 2018 have proven fairly remarkable. Whether “last waltzes," overdue reunions or just plain old-school tenacity, many titans and heroes of the jazz-rock/prog era--such as Brand X, King Crimson, Soft Machine and The Dixie Dregs--have been making the rounds in some major markets and stomping the terra. But foremost among them all may have been the John McLaughlin / Jimmy Herring Meeting of the Spirits tour.

INTERVIEW

John McLaughlin on the Mystery of Creativity, Inspiration, & Music

Read "John McLaughlin on the Mystery of Creativity, Inspiration, & Music" reviewed by Alan Bryson

Improvised music within a sophisticated framework is one if the primary hallmarks of jazz. World class improvisation requires split second reactions, mental agility, dexterity, and the emotive soul of an artist. As a testament to his age defying vitality, on January 29, 2018 at the age of 76, John McLaughlin won a Grammy® Award for the Best Improvised Jazz Solo at the 60th Annual Grammy® Awards. This was his pitch perfect acceptance: “Winning a Grammy is a wonderful ...


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