Wednesday, July 29, 2015

John McLaughlin - Electric Guitarist

Electric Guitarist is an album of reconciliation and penance, a series of reunions with several former colleagues from the early jazz-rock days, some of whom had parted on bitter terms with John McLaughlin. But there are no egos out of control here ; everyone has grown up, and partly as a result, there is a high level of musical inspiration devoid of pointless decibel wars. Jerry Goodman and Billy Cobham of the first Mahavishnu Orchestra show up first, then a genial reunion with Carlos Santana, which has some of the old fire. From this point on, the CD undergoes a clever systematic reduction in numbers — first to five players, then four (the great combination of Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Jack DeJohnette), then three (a delightfully loose reunion of Lifetimers Tony Williams and Jack Bruce), then two (a fierce duel with Cobham), and finally just McLaughlin himself delivering the benediction on, of all things, "My Foolish Heart." Jazz is the dominant flavor in these fusions, often in a more restrained manner than the early-'70s sessions, and it pointed the way toward a new musical maturity for McLaughlin the electric guitarist.
Richard S. Ginell

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John McLaughlin
Electric Guitarist


1 New York on My Mind (McLaughlin)  5:45
2 Friendship (McLaughlin)  7:00
3 Every Tear from Every Eye (McLaughlin)  6:50
4 Do You Hear the Voices That You Left Behind ? (McLaughlin)  7:39
5 Are You the One ? Are You the One ? (McLaughlin)  4:41
6 Phenomenon : Compulsion (McLaughlin)  3:21
7 My Foolish Heart (Washington, Young)   3:22


[# 1]
John McLaughlin - g
Jerry Goodman - vl
Stu Goldberg - elec piano, org & mini-moog synth
Fernando Saunders - b
Billy Cobham - dr
[# 2]
John McLaughlin - g
Carlos Santana - g
Tom Coster - org
Neil Jason - b
Narada Michael Walden - dr
Alyrio Lima - perc
Armando Peraza - cgs
[# 3]
John McLaughlin - g
David Sanborn - as
Patrice Rushen - p
Alphonso Johnson - b
Tony Smith - dr
[# 4]
John McLaughlin - g
Chick Corea - p & mini-moog
Stanley Clarke - b
Jack DeJohnette - dr
[# 5]
John McLaughlin - g
Jack Bruce - b
Tony Williams - dr
[# 6]
John McLaughlin - g
Billy Cobham - dr
[# 7]
John McLaughlin - g

Recorded at Sound Mixer Studios, New York, New York & Devonshire Studios, North Hollywood, California ; January & February 1978


stringbender said...

Haven't heard this in many years - looking forward. Thanks!

Blue Eyes said...

A great album for all fan of McLaughlin!

Melanchthon said...

Chris said...

Thanks Mel quite a mix of players on this album

Gaetano Bevilacqua said...

My daily thank you.

Kovina Kris said...

This looks quite interesting. Thank you Mel!

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