Tuesday, November 06, 2012

John McLaughlin - Now Here This (Abstract Logix, 2012)

Guitarist John McLaughlin has turned 70 this year, celebrating many years in the music business stretching back to the 1960’s. The musicians on this album are McLaughlin on guitar and guitar-synthesizer, Gary Husband on keyboards, Etienne M'Bappe on bass guitar and Ranjit Barot on drums and Indian percussion. The music can be quite complicated, developing many fast and intricate rhythms that are complex and dizzying in their speed and variety. The music works quite well, developing a very light sound with McLaughlin’s guitar and electronics dancing through the bright keyboards and bubbling bass. “Trancefusion” is the opening track and really sets the pace for the rest of the album. Drums and percussion build a hypnotic and labyrinthine rhythm while Husband and M’Bappe build the pace from the ground up allowing McLuaghlin an ample launching pad for a spirited solo. The aptly named “Guitar Love” is a feature for the leader, whose lightning fast playing hasn’t mellowed a bit since the days of his early solo work on Extrapolation and his days playing with Miles Davis and Tony Williams. This is a treat for fans of jazz fusion or progressive rock, the use of high-energy complicated music keeps things moving along briskly and the the music exciting. Now Here This - amazon.com

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