John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension: 3 November 2015

John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension

3rd November 2015 at The Dalhousie Institute

John McLaughlin

on Guitars

Gary Husband

on Keyboards / Percussion

Etienne Mbappe

on Bass

Ranjit Barot

on Drums

John McLaughlin, also known as Mahavishnu, is the world’s most famous jazz and fusion guitar player and producer. From his days of Mahavishnu Orchestra and Shakti, McLaughlin has over 60 years of career under his belt. Many of his peers have called him the greatest guitarist alive. Rolling Stone has rated him as the 49th top guitarists of all time.

John McLaughlin will be performing with the 4th Dimension – “my three favourite musicians,” in McLaughlin’s word. The 4th Dimension is composed of the remarkable multi-instrumentalist Gary Husband on keyboards and drums, Etienne Mbappe’s nimble, effervescent electric bass, and the powerhouse drumming of Ranjit Barot.

Slated for worldwide release this fall, their new album Black Light includes 8 original McLaughlin compositions, including a heartfelt homage to his departed colleague, collaborator, and friend Paco De Lucia – with whom McLaughlin had intended to compose an album’s worth of new material just before De Lucia’s untimely passing. McLaughlin has returned to acoustic guitar for a tribute to his friend, entitled “El Hombre Que Sabia” and brings forth from the instrument a depth of sadness and admiration beyond words.

Mclaughlin adds, “I have explored ways in music and recorded them with happiness. ‘Black Light’ has opened a portal that is neither Jazz nor Rock, nor Indian nor Blues, and yet all of these: it’s an open door. ”

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