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JAZZ FUSION PIONEER, COMPOSER AND BANDLEADER
NOW GRAMMY® AWARD WINNER
For Best Improvised Jazz Solo for “Miles Beyond” Featured on Live @ Ronnie Scott’s Album
First Grammy Win for McLaughlin and his Record Label – Abstract Logix
(Los Angeles, CA) January 29, 2018 — Last night brought John McLaughlin his second Grammy win, his first as a Solo Artist. Presented yesterday at the 60th Annual Grammy® Awards, JOHN MCLAUGHLIN, won BEST IMPROVISED JAZZ SOLO for the live track “Miles Beyond” from his album Live at Ronnie Scott’s.
John said of the honor, “Winning a Grammy is a wonderful experience, but to win it for improvisation is the jewel in the crown! Thank you!”
This marks the first solo win for the legendary guitarist (John was included with Chick Corea in a 2009 win for Five Peace Band.) This also marks the first Grammy Win for McLaughlin’s label, Abstract Logix, home to genre bending composers and creators.
In tribute to his nearly 50-year career, McLaughlin recently finished his final U.S. tour. The Meeting of the Spirits Tour – took McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension across the country for over 5 weeks before winding up on December 9th at a sold out UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles, CA.
The tour was a collaboration with one of McLaughlin’s favorite musicians, American guitarist Jimmy Herring, who joined the Maestro with his own band, Jimmy Herring and the Invisible Whip. Show reviews were unanimously spectacular, raves from critics at Buffalo News, Relix, Downbeat, Chicago Sun-Times, Billboard, Guitar Player and more have overwhelmed the guitar legend. Recently the Boston Globe testified, “Fans knew what to expect: blinding speed on the strings and often eccentric time changes. What they got was thrilling realization that McLaughlin, one of the most lauded fusion guitarists for decades, has gotten better at his craft. He’s faster, more inventive, more soulful…A memorable farewell”
Sample Live @ Ronnie Scott’s here: https://mahavishnujohnmclaughlin.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-ronnie-scotts
EPK Reel: https://goo.gl/Xrw9Np
PIONEERING GUITARIST AND BANDLEADER
“Ronnie Scott’s…” mused the boundary-shattering guitarist John McLaughlin, “…where would I be without them?” The venerable London jazz club and its charismatic namesake gave so much to McLaughlin’s career, the roots of which extend as far back as McLaughlin’s stint as a member of the club’s house band in the 1960s. Since then, his pioneering spirit, instrumental virtuosity, and improvisational fearlessness have taken him around the world, put him on stage alongside fellow giants such as Miles Davis and Tony Williams, and has given listeners a series of compelling, revolutionary recordings that have redefined improvised music for generations to come.
On September 15, 2017 Abstract Logix issued Live @ Ronnie Scott’s – a souvenir of a sold-out, two-night stand at the beloved venue by John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension, recorded in March of 2017. In the 4th Dimension – Ranjit Barot (drums, konokol), Gary Husband (keyboards, drums), and Etienne M’Bappé (bass) – McLaughlin has gathered a band with the technical dexterity and soulful musicality to do ample justice to his vast catalog. They can follow him anywhere, and together on Live @ Ronnie Scott’s McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension explore everything from early Mahavishnu Orchestra classics to compositions from their most recent studio LP, Black Light.
Most striking about Live @ Ronnie Scott’s is the restraint and fluidity on display: So connected are the band’s four members that the interplay approaches telepathic levels, making for powerfully evocative performances without any wasted gestures. Longtime fans will be thrilled to hear favorites like “Vital Transformation” (from Mahavishnu’s 1971 Inner Mounting Flame album) and “Miles Beyond” (from 1973’s Birds of Fire) reexamined through the lens of the 4th Dimension’s unparalleled sensitivity and facility. Hearing such standards alongside recent compositions like “El Hombre Que Sabia” and the moving “Gaza City” serves to demonstrate the breadth and scope of McLaughlin’s vision, honed over a career now spanning fifty years.
The September release of Live @ Ronnie Scott’s was followed by the Meeting of the Spirits Tour – a series of November and December shows undertaken in collaboration with one of McLaughlin’s favorite musicians, American guitarist Jimmy Herring. Separate sets by Jimmy Herring and the Invisible Whip and McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension, followed by the two joining forces for an expansive closing jam based on classic Mahavishnu Orchestra material. These special concerts marked McLaughlin’s final shows in America.
“The intimacy of Ronnie’s brought out some startling playing,” wrote London Jazz News immediately following the shows. “There was no mistaking McLaughlin’s enthusiasm for revisiting these landmark compositions, reconfirming and even rediscovering their quality and longevity.”
John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension
John McLaughlin (Guitar); Gary Husband (Keys & Drums); Etienne MBappé (Bass); Ranjit Barot (Drums)
Live @ Ronnie Scott’s
Meeting of the Spirits Concert Review, November 2017
- John McLaughlin Hi-Res Solo 1
- John McLaughlin Hi-Res Solo 2
- John McLaughlin Hi-Res Solo 3
- John McLaughlin Black & White Hi-Res Solo 4
- John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension Group Photo 1
- John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension Group Photo 2
‘Sanctuary’ from Live @ Ronnie Scott’s