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John McLaughlin


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.60 | 42 ratings

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3 stars This hard bop disc it's an experiment in witch McLaughlin brings a lot of great musicians to help him expand his territory's and his guitar-synth repertoire. From the atmospheric point of view Industrial Zen is great and the great experience that the musicians have. The rhythmic section is the perfect nucleus for the solo parts. The album begin with For Jaco, with some interior dialogs. Hadrian Feraud is definitely a wonder of fusion jazz. At his only 22 years he play so correct above all and the final of the song is all his one. New Blues Old Bruise is my favorite song! Is parted in three sections: a calm fusion led by the solo guitar and by the percussion who is linear, but not stereotypical, then begin a more alert part, just to enter in to the atmospheric keyboard who brings the final. Wayne's Way and Just So Only More So mark the genre of the disc. We have a drum programming which give us the right direction to follow. To Bop or not to Be is 100% fusion. The last three songs evaluate the Zen part, the meditation. Senor C.S. become an usual concert song, but in a tender version. From the strict fusion part of view Industrial Zen is not great, by far. But I like the experiments and the modern side of McLaughlin who likes to be like this, to work with younger musicians. Maybe this thing remind him of Miles Davis and his youth.
Warhol | 3/5 |


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