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MCLAUGHLIN / DELUCIA / CORYELL - MEETING OF THE SPIRITS

John McLaughlin

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.70 | 7 ratings

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sircosick
4 stars This DVD is a must-see for acoustic guitar lovers. The guitar trio at their peak. Although I still prefer Al Di Meola way over Coryell, he isn't bad anyway.

The quality is pretty good and the tracklist is decent. The only low moment that I can find is the dilated jam session on 'Meeting of the Spirits' (originally a song from the first Mahavishnu Orchestra's album), in which McLaughlin's crazy arpeggios could get you tired quickly. As for eight or ten minutes it is ok, but it's much, much more.

John McLaughlin is a perfect skilled jazz-fusion oriented player and all of us should know his abilities and virtuosism, but as I said before, he could become boring if he isn't versatile when it's neccesary. I mean, he's TOO perfect. In the other hand, Paco de Lucía shows a more versatile oriented talent; he doesn't need to be flashy and complex all the time. He has that damned flamenco flavour, and mixed with his endless technique, no guitarist being can beat him. Larry Coryell is repetitive sometimes; but logically he has the skills alright, at least to not contrast the other two guitar dinosaurs. Also, his guitar sound is very special.

Good DVD; I liked it for its lenght. Because I'm not a die-hard fan of hearing extremely fast guitar attacks all the time, so 55 minutes is pretty ok. You don't want more, you don't want less.

The highlights:

- Lotus Feet: short, slow-paced and pleasant. No insane arpeggios! Let's take a breath... - Morning of the Carnival: a tradicional brazilian tune. It's also long, but it doesn't exceed any moments as 'Meeting of the Spirits' does. Delightful and slow-paced too. - Guardian Angel(s): my personal favourite. A very fast-paced track, it requires to be pretty skillful to play it live.

NOTE: 'Entres dos Aguas' is really 'Mediterranean Sundance'. Don't know why it has the name of another track. It doesn't feature McLaughlin; only Coryell and De Lucía. Could be a highlight too, but here you can notice the absence of Di Meola: the 'Friday Night' version is much better.

Anyway get it, if you're a guitarist you're gonna to sell your guitar after watch this DVD (and surely most of well-known guitar players did so ;).

Cosick.

sircosick | 4/5 |

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