Wednesday, November 21, 2012

John McLaughlin at The Barbican

London. Sunday 11-November-12

My brother-in-law, Pete, has been a fan of John McLaughlin for years, so much so that he is a member of a Mahavishnu Orchestra tribute band The Sapphire Bullets. Jane and Pete booked early and got seats in row B of the stalls, by the time we booked we got row B of the circle. Further from the stage but an excellent view all the same and, dare I say, better sound balance as we were more or less above the mixing desk.

Arun Ghosh & the Twin Tenors

John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension

I enjoyed the support act as well as the star but I do not really know John McLaughlin's music so I will leave the reviews to the professionals:

Jazzwise Magazine gave the concert 5 stars: "He might be approaching 70 but the guitar legend ain’t getting there quietly as he proved with a blistering two-hour set at the Barbican last night."
Jazz breaking news: John McLaughlin Storms The Barbican

London Jazz wrote "McLaughlin may have been in a mellow mood, but his music is as powerful and hard-hitting as it ever was, and in the multi-talented Husband, bassist Etienne M’Bappe and drummer Ranjot Barot he has found the perfect band to showcase it."
London Jazz Festival Review: John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension/Arun Ghosh & the Twin Tenors

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