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THE HEART OF THINGS

John McLaughlin

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.94 | 22 ratings

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sgtpepper
4 stars John McLaughlin does not sleep at his laurels even at this relatively high age (similar to Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock) and tries to challenge himself to push his boundaries. This could be the closest stab at Mahavishnu Orchestra in the 90's. Instead of violin, we have a skilled saxophonist and excellent drummer Dennis Chambers. Music is less straightforward and flowing than in 70's and it remains sophisticated owing to contemporary fusion that has multiple changes and forays into modern jazz. "Acid jazz" is one of the highlights with clear guitar motive, speedy guitar licks by McLaughlin and stormy drumming. Saxophone playing is very enriching and melodic. "Seven sisters" has a very irregular rhythm and all instruments very free flowing. "Mr D.C." is the showcase for Dennis Chambers with latin inspired drumming and solo. It's absolutely phenomenal what he pulls off here for complexity. Slow moods are represented by "Fallen Angels" and "When love is far away" with pleasant acoustic guitar.

Another very good McLaughlin 90's album.

sgtpepper | 4/5 |

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