John McLaughlin of Mahavishnu: Live Album, Tour

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On September 15, Abstract Logix will release John McLaughlin’s Live @ Ronnie Scott’s, recorded during a March 2017 sold-out, two-night stand at the London venue. The guitarist is accompanied by his band the 4th Dimension: Ranjit Barot (drums, konokol), Gary Husband (keyboards, drums) and Etienne M’Bappé (bass).

Live @ Ronnie Scott’s can be pre-ordered here.

McLaughlin, best known as the leader of the ’70s jazz-rock band the Mahavishnu Orchestra, “has gathered a band with the technical dexterity and soulful musicality to do ample justice to his vast catalog,” according to a press release. “They can follow him anywhere, and together on Live @ Ronnie Scott’s McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension explore everything from early Mahavishnu Orchestra classics to compositions from their most recent studio LP, Black Light.”


Longtime fans will hear favorites like “Vital Transformation” (from Mahavishnu’s 1971 Inner Mounting Flame album) and “Miles Beyond” (from 1973’s Birds of Fire) “reexamined through the lens of the 4th Dimension’s unparalleled sensitivity and facility,” says the release. Also featured are recent compositions like “El Hombre Que Sabia” and “Gaza City.”

John McLaughlin (Photo from his website)

The September release of Live @ Ronnie Scott’s will be followed by the “Meeting of the Spirits Tour,” a series of November and December shows undertaken in collaboration with one of McLaughlin’s favorite musicians, American guitarist Jimmy Herring. Separate sets by Jimmy Herring and the Invisible Whip and McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension will be followed by the two joining forces for an expansive closing jam based on classic Mahavishnu Orchestra material. These special concerts will also mark McLaughlin’s final shows in America.

Related: The late Allan Holdsworth was the subject of a 12-disc boxed set earlier this year

Meeting of the Spirits Tour Dates (Tickets are available here and here)

Nov 1 University at Buffalo Center for the ArtsBuffalo, NY
Nov 2 The Egg Albany, NY
Nov 3 Town Hall New York, NY
Nov 4 Capitol Theatre Port Chester, NY
Nov 5 Park Theatre/Rhode Island Center for the Performing Arts Cranston, RI
Nov 8 The Wilbur TheatreBoston, MA
Nov 9 Keswick Theatre Philadelphia, PA
Nov 10 Prudential Hall, NJPAC Newark, NJ
Nov 11 Lincoln TheatreWashington, DC
Nov 12 Duke Performances at DPACDurham, NC
Nov 15 Michigan Theatre Ann Arbor, MI
Nov 17 Vic Theatre Chicago, IL
Nov 18 Vic Theatre Chicago, IL
Nov 19 Clowes Memorial-Hall-Butler University Indianapolis, IN
Nov 21 Schermerhorn Symphony Center-Laura Turner Concert Hall Nashville, TN
Nov 22 Atlanta Symphony Hall Atlanta, GA
Nov 24 Florida Theatre Jacksonville, FL
Nov 25 Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, FL
Nov 27 The Joy Theater New Orleans, LA
Nov 30 Paramount Theatre Austin, TX
Dec 1 Riviera Maya Jazz Festival Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
Dec 5 Moore Theatre Seattle, WA
Dec 6 Revolution Hall Portland, OR
Dec 8 The Warfield San Francisco, CA
Dec 9 Royce Hall-UCLA Los Angeles, CA

Watch John McLaughlin with Jimmy Herring live in 2015

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