Sunday, April 06, 2014

Jazz: John McLaughlin, Brian Charette

Recorded live last year at the Berklee School of Music, guitarist John McLaughlin and his 4th Dimension band: Gary Husband on keyboards and drums, Etienne Mbappe on bass, and Ranjit Barot on drums and vocals, made a very good album. Proudly fusing jazz with progressive rock and the music of different cultures the music was quite successful. The synths might sound a little odd and the one vocal out of place, but for the most part the band is on fire, particularly the leader who is playing with burning imagination. The Boston Record -

Widely touring organist Brian Charette is accompanied on this album by Yotam Silberstein on guitar and Mark Ferber on drums. They are grooving hard on "Aaight!" and "If" to begin and then move nicely into blues, bop and ballads always swinging in an alluring and accessible manner. Charette is part of the organ tradition of Jimmy Smith and Larry Young but brings his own conception and sound to the album. Square One -

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