Friday, October 09, 2015

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension

Artist:John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension
Song:The Fine Line
Album:To The One

British guitarist John McLaughlin is best known as a Jazz Fusion pioneer first with Tony Williams and Miles Davis and then leading The Mahavishnu Orchestra. The 4th Dimension is McLaughlin's current and it should give fans fond memories of The Mahavishnu Orchestra. For most of the 90s, McLaughlin recorded for Verve Records. He left Verve after the 2006 album Industrial Zen. One of the musicians he recruited for that album was British keyboard player and drummer Gary Husband. Though Husband has recorded as a leader, he has been a sideman since the 80s with Alan Holdsworth, Level 42, Jack Bruce and Billy Cobham. He also records for the jazz label Abstract Logix and he suggested them to McLaughlin. So McLaughlin decided to form a new band with Husband called 4th Dimension. But first McLaughlin toured with Chick Corea and recorded an album as Five Peace Band. This was a one off project. When McLaughlin returned, he recorded the 2010 CD To The One. Husband plays keyboards and drums. On the video clip, he's playing drums. The other musicians are British drummer Mark Mondesir and bassist Etienne Mbappe. Mondesir is best known for his days with British sax player Courtney Pine. Mbappe is from Cameroon but he lives in France and does a lot of session work. For the 2012 CD Now Here This, Mondesir was replaced by Indian drummer Ranjit Barot, a long time associate of film composer A.R. Rahman. McLaughlin knew him from his Shakti revival. The band's new CD Black Light was released last month and they are touring Australia and Asia. So if you're a long time fan of McLaughlin, you may want to check out his new band 4th Dimension. Here's John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension performing The Fine Line live in the recording studio 2010.

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