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John McLaughlin - Five Peace Band (with Chick Corea) CD (album) cover


John McLaughlin


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.95 | 18 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars According to the liner notes this project was Chick Corea's idea and he also picked the musicians to play on it. He and John McLaughlin have been friends for many years. John first heard Chick play in 1967 and he was soon telling anyone who would listed that Corea would soon be with Miles Davis because he was that good. Well his predictions came true as Chick joined Miles in 1968. John would meet Chick in 1969 for the first time for the recording of "In A Silent Way". This "Five Peace Band" is a live recording and as a bonus Herbie Hancock guests on one track, and in my opinion it's far and away the best one. Oh it's happens to be called "In A Silent Way". It's interesting though because that composition out-shines everything else on here, it's not even close in my opinion. And I guess that's my issue with this almost 140 minute double disc, the songs just aren't that great.Yes they are good and I enjoy them somewhat but when you here a track like "In A Silent Way" well there's no comparison i'm afraid. Also I find this album a little too lightweight. Not dynamic enough. I'm reminded of Pat Metheny's "The Way Up" in that it's flawlessly played and impressive to listen to but it's missing the things that I love about Jazz / Fusion.The experimentation, the raw energy and fire, none of that is there on either album in my opinion. It might be because i'm not into traditional Jazz in the least. "Kind Of Blue" lacks everything i'm talking about above and no i'm not a fan of it because it's not electric and it's from the fifties. I don't care how important it was."In A Silent Way" and NUCLEUS' "Eleastic Rock" mean way more to me. Okay the rant is over.

Anyway i'm not going to go track by track because to be honest we get very similar patterens with each of them.The piano will lead and when he stops the crowd will cheer, then the guitar will lead and when he stops the crowd will cheer, then the sax will lead...well you get the picture. It's all played so well and I do enjoy a lot of it but as you can probably tell i'll stick with the late sixties and seventies Jazz / Fusion thankyou. It was much more exciting and adventerous. Still this is good for those who are fans of these legends, just don't get your hopes too high.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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