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As technology and mass-media continue to shrink the globe, allowing once-disparate traditions to intermingle instantaneously, musicians are given unprecedented access to a range of influences unthinkable mere decades ago. Forging an artistic identity in the midst of this post-modern global exchange and its onslaught of possibilities is no mean feat, yet it is a challenge that Ranjit Barot welcomes. Raised at the intersection of two cultures, Barot comes from a family with deep ties to Indian classical traditions of music and dance, and yet he spent considerable time absorbing western culture in England

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Jazz&Wine of Peace 2019

Read "Jazz&Wine of Peace 2019" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Jazz & Wine of Peace Festival Teatro Comunale di Cormòns e varie sedi nel Collio e in Slovenia 23-27.10.2017 La ventiduesima edizione del festival Jazz&Wine of Peace di Cormòns si è svolta dal 23 al 27 Ottobre, con la medesima, fortunata formula degli scorsi anni: un concerto serale al Teatro Comunale ...

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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 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Meeting of the Spirits: John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring at the Michigan Theater

Read "Meeting of the Spirits: John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring at the Michigan Theater" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Jimmy Herring and The Invisible Whip + John McLaughlin and The 4th Dimension Meeting of the Spirits Tour Michigan Theater Ann Arbor, Michigan November 15, 2017 When it comes to virtuosi, guitarist John McLaughlin ranks high in the jazz fusion world. Having the early fortune to connect with legendary drummer ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension: Live at Ronnie Scott's

Read "Live at Ronnie Scott's" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Music has taken him and his guitar to some of the most exotic far reaches of the world, but Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club will always have a special place in John McLaughlin's heart. His mid-1960s time in the famous jny: London venue's house band was a key early step in his musical life, and he idly ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Scott Kinsey: Near Life Experience

Read "Near Life Experience" reviewed by John Kelman

It's been a full decade since Scott Kinsey last released an album under his own name (the 2006 Abstract Logix debut, Kinesthetics) and, if anything, Near Life Experience manages to trump actually its predecessor in both ambition and Kinsey's significant cast of invited contributors. Near Life Experience also continues to hone the cinematic keyboardist's increasingly expansive, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dhruv: Voyage

Read "Voyage" reviewed by Ian Patterson

It's been a few years since Berklee-trained guitarist/composer Dhruv Ghanekar last crossed AAJ's radar. That was at the Borneo Jazz Festival 2011, where his quartet powered through a jazz-fusion set of the highest order. For his second recording as leader the Mumbai guitarist--who has performed with sarangi maestro Sultan Khan, Zakir Hussain and Scott Kinsey--shows off ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Chingari: Bombay Makossa

Read "Bombay Makossa" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Released just days before the death of pioneering mandolin maestro U. Srinivas, Bombay Makossa assumes an added poignancy as one of his last recorded ventures in a career that began as a child prodigy in the late 1970s. Though nearly all the tracks were penned by Ranjit Barot Chingari was intended as a trio of equals. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension at The Royal Festival Hall

Read "John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension at The Royal Festival Hall" reviewed by Ian Patterson

John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension Royal Festival Hall EFG London Jazz Festival November 20, 2014 For any artist to be invited to play three years in a row is unusual by the standards of most festivals. Guitarist John McLaughlin, however, is not 'any artist,' having blazed a unique and highly ...

ARTICLE: TALKING 2 MUSICIANS

McLaughlin, Barot, & Mbappe Remember Mandolin Shrinivas

Read "McLaughlin, Barot, & Mbappe Remember Mandolin Shrinivas" reviewed by Alan Bryson

Uppalapu Shrinivas, best known as Mandolin Shrinivas, was born in 1969 in southeast India. At a very young age his affinity for the mandolin and his precocious musical talent was recognized by his father who placed him under the tutelage of an instructor in the carnatic school of Indian classical music. By the time he was ...


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