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3.76 | 16 ratings | 3 reviews | 25% 5 stars

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Live, released in 1994

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. 1 Nite Stand - (7:05)
2. Hijacked - (10:25)
3. When Love Is Far Away - (4:56)
4. Little Miss Valley - (10:56)
5. Juju at the Crossroads - (5:15)
6. Vukovar - (12:11)
7. No Blues - (4:27)
8. Mattinale - (19:42)

Line-up / Musicians

John McLaughlin - guitar
Joey DeFrancesco -
Hammond XB-3 organ and trumpet
Dennis Chambers - drums

Releases information

All compositions by John McLaughlin,
except 'No Blues' by Miles Davis
Produced by John McLaughlin
Executive producer: Jean-Philippe Allard
Digitally recorded live on December
16 and 18, 1993 at The Blue Note
Tokyo jazz club, Tokyo, Japan

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JOHN MCLAUGHLIN Tokyo Live ratings distribution

(16 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(25%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(25%)
Good, but non-essential (44%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by snobb
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3 stars The Free Spirits Trio plays live in Japan. McLaughlin plays electric guitar, fast and energetic, as in his early years. Unhappily, main music is built by Joey DeFrancesco Hammond organ. All but one compositions are written by McLaughlin. Music in total sounds as be-bop/ fusion with minimalistic sound, filled by vintage keyboards soloing.

Many compositions have a blues based structure, and even if musicianship is very competent, all album sounds very dated as for year 1994. Could attract McLaughlin collectors and searchers of vintage minimalistic jazz fusion with accent on jazzy side.

Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
4 stars This album reminds me just how much I love good a good Hammond player in a jazz group. And Joey DeFrancesco may be one of the best. He certainly proves here that he can keep up with the amazing John McLaughlin. And all while also covering the bass lines with his left hand!

This album has a good helping of bluesy jazz, highlighted by the rockin' opener 1 Nite Stand and Miles Davis' No Blues. But the highlights are the spectacular speed playing by McLaughlin and DeFrancesco on Hijacked, Juju at the Crossroads, Vukovar and Mattinale. Whew! Although there is speed, the tone of the organ and guitar never allow the music to become bombastic, and for once, I like it that way.

The only song that doen't quite grab me is the romantic ballad, When Love Is Far Away, which features DeFrancesco on trumpet. WHile he can surely play the horn , he's much better at the keyboard.

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5 stars This album of Mclaughlin, is a fine piece of the purest fusion. The lines of Joey DeFrancesco in the hammond, reminds some real fusion sounds like Vital infonrmation and Tribal tech. The guitar of Mclaughlin, is similar of that period when he plays with the Shakti, with some elements of the M ... (read more)

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