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John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension: Live @ Ronnie Scott’s (Abstract Logix)

Among the knocks against fusion is that it too often sacrifices subtlety for loudness and chops. There are counterexamples, but Live @ Ronnie Scott’s by John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension isn’t one. Never averse to introducing subtler elements just so he can pound the hell out of them, the septuagenarian guitar legend—chops as sharp as ever—seems … Read More “John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension: Live @ Ronnie Scott’s (Abstract Logix)”

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Field Notes: John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring in NYC

The guitarist John McLaughlin, who helped pioneer jazz-rock fusion and became arguably its most important figure, is currently on what has been sold as his final U.S. tour. His packed-out performance at the Town Hall in Manhattan, on Friday, was even touted as his “final New York City appearance.” The culture of fandom around McLaughlin … Read More “Field Notes: John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring in NYC”

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Paco de Lucía and John McLaughlin: Paco and John: Live at Montreux (1987)

John McLaughlin has often noted that he discovered flamenco music as a teenager, even before he heard jazz; so hungry was he for exposure to the style that he snuck into flamenco pubs to try to pick up guitar tips. When he heard Paco de Lucía in 1978, McLaughlin vowed to work with the Spanish … Read More “Paco de Lucía and John McLaughlin: Paco and John: Live at Montreux (1987)”

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