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John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension: The Boston Record

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Guitarist and composer John McLaughlin made his name in fusion and carries its torch decades later. Last year he and his current band the 4th Dimension-Gary Husband on keyboards and drums, Étienne M’Bappé on electric bass, Ranjit Barot on drums and vocals-wrapped up a summer U.S. tour with a show at Boston’s Berklee Performance Center. The Boston Record captures that show on disc, and confirms that McLaughlin’s fusion chops continue to burn undiminished. His excellent sidemen have their spots to shine: M’Bappé’s bass on the funk workout “Little Miss Valley”; Husband’s keyboards on the balladic “Maharina” and the rip-roaring “Call & Answer”; Barot’s drums throughout, but no more so than on his “Call & Answer” solo.

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