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John McLaughlin


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.70 | 8 ratings

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erik neuteboom
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2 stars This evening I decided to indulge myself with my second musical passion: flamenco guitar. So I searched for DVD's (I prefer these above CD's) and found work from Sabicas, The Gypsy Kings, Vicente Amigo and .. this DVD. In the early Eighties I have seen the trio McLaughlin/De Lucia/DiMeola two times, it was a mindblowing experience, so virtuosic and the crowd was ecstatic about all those cascades of scale-acrobatics, goose bumps! If I compare that trio to the trio on this DVD, I have to say that McLaughlin/DeLucia/DiMeola are superior, not only in a way of technical wizardy but also in the way of creating emotion and that special spark (in flamenco it's called 'duende', the very and rare special moments between musician and the audience when you feel connected). In the first track Entre Dos Aguas ( a huge hit single for Paco de Lucia in The Eighties) Paco does his best but there is no magic between Larry and Paco and it is no surprise that in the end only Paco got a huge applause for his awesome fast runs (picados in flamenco). The second composition Lotus Feet is a wonderful, a bit sensitive duet from Paco and John but the next track Morning Of The Carnical sounds too clinical to me. Then the titletrack with lots of jaw-dropping scale acrobatics but again I miss the spark. The trio John/Paco/Al featured three virtuosic guitarplayers who had their unique style (Al with his 'deaden of the strings', John with his incredible accellarations and Paco with his 'rasgueado', the use of the fingers nails like a mitrailleur) but for me the trio John/Larry/Paco is nothing more than a clinical exhibition of guitar virtuosity as in the final track Guardian Angels. It sounds quite subjective and in fact it's quite subjective!

erik neuteboom | 2/5 |


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