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3.90 | 31 ratings | 4 reviews | 29% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1992

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Belo Horizonte (6:35)
2. Baba (for Ramana Maharshi) (6:51)
3. Reincarnation (11:52)
4. 1 Nite Stand (5:26)
5. Marie (bass solo) (1:59)
6. Hijacked (8:35)
7. Mila Repa (7:31)
8. Qué alegria (10:32)
9. 3 Willows (5:14)

Line-up / Musicians

- John McLaughlin / acoustic guitar, Photon MIDI Interface
- Trilok Gurtu / percussion
- Dominique Di Piazza / 4 & 5 string,bass guitar (all except 3, 4)
- Kai Eckhardt-Karpeh / electric bass (3, 4.)

Releases information

Polygram Records
Verve Records #8372802

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(31 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(29%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(45%)
Good, but non-essential (26%)
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Review by Neu!mann
4 stars The title translates (roughly) as "What Happiness", and that certainly describes the pleasure of listening to old pro John McLaughlin and his (mostly) acoustic Jazz trio in action.

This sunny 1991 CD is so relaxed and upbeat you might never suspect it was recorded in late autumn somewhere in southwest Germany. And the all-digital production gives every note a pristine clarity rarely heard outside of an audio demonstration disc: snap on a pair of headphones, close your eyes, and John McLaughlin is playing his Abraham Wechter acoustic guitar right in your living room.

The music sounds like it was performed live in the studio, but with McLaughlin's subtle MIDI effects adding extra depth and dimension to each number. Note what sounds like a slight Hammond organ echo in the bluesy "Baba" and between the nervous rhythms of "Hijacked", and the almost imperceptible ambient background sheen of "Reincarnation" (at twelve minutes long the most ambitious composition here).

And if the music itself has a touch of global awareness to it (Asian, Mediterranean, European classical), the musicians too are likewise world class. The lush sound of Dominique Di Piazza's fretless bass is ideally matched to the exotic percussions played by Bombay drummer Trilok Gurtu: tablas, small bells, and is that a rain stick I hear?

But the backbone of the album is McLaughlin's impeccable guitar technique, as always showing a rare combination of taste, sensitivity, and sometimes frightening speed. The man has produced so much quality music over the years (on his own, in various ensembles, and as a guest player) that it's almost too easy to overlook what has to be one of the brighter gems in his vast discography. But in its own quiet way this is one disc not to be missed.

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4 stars Always embracing new toys and technology, this pristine 1991 John McLaughlin recording accomodates many styles and is no doubt enhanced by the employment of a photon multi-interface guitar attachment. With two contrasting bass players, master drummer Trilok Gurtu (who brightens up any recording ... (read more)

Report this review (#191084) | Posted by Vibrationbaby | Sunday, November 30, 2008 | Review Permanlink

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 co ... (read more)

Report this review (#171789) | Posted by Warhol | Wednesday, May 21, 2008 | Review Permanlink

4 stars John McLaughlin Trio continues their well know rock-jazz all along the way, and this album makes no exception. The trio of 4 men presents a fully working album, which is a great addition to everyone's collection, at least if you are into experimental jazz. I might even say this is a must. This ... (read more)

Report this review (#108415) | Posted by Passionist | Monday, January 22, 2007 | Review Permanlink

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