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John McLaughlin


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.93 | 67 ratings

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Sean Trane
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3 stars 3.5 stars really!!

As this album predates McLaughlin's collaborations with miles Davis, do not expect that much of a jazz-rock album. Even if there are many promises in such an album such as John's collaboration with his long-time friend and saxman Surman, and there are a few hints of his future powerhouse of guitar playing both in harshness, virtuoso and lightning speed, this album is actually reserved for real McLaughlin fans only unless a confirmed jazzman.

Although John was "toying" around with rock musicians for a couple years, John's first real solo album (to my knowledge was a definitely and resolutely jazz album. While some tracks (the title track, the Coltrane-like Really You Know) are standard jazz, others (It's Funny, the torrid pre-fusion Binky's Dream, Two for Two) are more interesting in terms of progressiveness, other being almost interesting if it was not for major flaws (the useless drum solo in Pete The Poet)

One thing for sure is that the two John are really set out on experimenting and Surman's forays in free jazz are just around the bend. Not that essential to understand McLaughlin's role in the spectrum of the site, Extrapolation is nevertheless an important piece of Jazz's puzzle.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |


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