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John McLaughlin


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.90 | 31 ratings

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3 stars An adventurous trip through all kinds of genres, like jazz,blues and classical music (European and Indian), Que Alegria express the happiness of living. McLaughlin brought together with his acoustic guitar an electric bass which gives the touch of Pastorius, playing soft. On Hijacked the blues come to surface. The great skills of Dominique Di Piazza plus the improvisation style of percussions made this song to be a live studio. The MIDI Interface show his power of producing special sounds, with the simplicity of his design. Belo Horizonte came from the album with the same name, from 1981, but in a different version. Reincarnation and Mila Repa are sensible. There are parts where the percussion sound too sharp and abrupt. One exemple is 1 Nite Stand. I believe the guitar must have priority in this format of song, but McLaughlin try an experiment and put this percussions in places where my ears don't want to hear. On the other hand, the bass line is extraordinary! The escapes here are really tasteful, entered in a wished improvisation. The song Que Alegria have three parts: the acoustic guitar part, the alert part, the Indian part and the short final, which is a return to the alert and programming sound from the second part. The parts passing one to each other naturally. From the calm guitar is reached to the Shakti sounds. The last song, named 3 Willows, is chilling, without any element that could say anything except a calm joy with the Heaven dimension. My favorite songs are: Belo Horizonte, Hijacked and Que Alegria.
Warhol | 3/5 |


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