John McLaughlin 4th Dimension
After a concert break, John McLaughlin is back in full action and with his brilliant band 4th Dimension he makes it clear that he's still one of the world's leading guitarists.
A long-awaited comeback for the guitar wizard
John McLaughlin has been a leading guitarist for more than 50 years – both in traditional contemporary jazz and in more rock and fusion-styles. After working with among others Alexis Korner, Georgie Fame and Brian Auger in England in the mid-1960s, he left for the US in 1969.
Via Tony Williams's Lifetime group, he soon became involved in Miles Davis' electric jazz revolution. On the Miles classic Bitches Brew, one of the tracks even bears his name!
McLaughlin's reputation as a first-rate session musician ultimately led to collaborations with performers as Carla Bley, Wayne Shorter – even The Rolling Stones! Around 1973, together with guitar colleague, Carlos Santana, he gained a great interest in Indian music and religion. This clearly influenced the groups Mahavishnu Orchestra and not least Shakti, which became McLaughlin's two main projects throughout the 1970s.
McLaughlin's visited Moldejazz twice before. In 1986 he played our venue Idrettens Hus with the aforementioned Mahavishnu Orchestra. The concert's still standing as a particularly memorable moment in Moldejazz's history books. It's also the reason why this year's concert is labelled «Legacy Concert». In 2011, following his sold-out concert in Bjørnsonhuset, the man sitting next to me exclaimed, «Now I've experienced four musical wizards!».
Another sold-out concert with guitar wizard McLaughlin is thus to expect in our venue Bjørnsonhuset.
John McLaughlin – guitar, Etienne MBappé – bass, Gary Husband – keyboards/drums, Ranjit Barot – drums.