Bill Frisell - Guitar in the Space Age + Sam Amidon
16 Nov 2014
LONDON Southbank Centre / Royal Festival Hall
From the hotbed of London’s 60s jazz and R&B scene through the electric Miles Davis, Lifetime, Mahavishnu Orchestra and Shakti – John McLaughlin is one of the defining voices of the guitar over the past five decades, transcending genre and style with a creative vision that is apparently tireless.
Following a sold-out concert in last year’s Festival with Zakir Hussain, McLaughlin returns with his electric guitar and a fiery, rocket-fuelled quartet, featuring keyboardist Gary Husband, Cameroonian bassist Etienne Mbappe and the ‘Indian force of nature’ – drummer Ranjit Barot - a band that positively ‘fizzes with collective energy and creativity’ (The Herald).
New album The Boston Record, out now, was recorded live and showcases the ‘still-blazing virtuosity and intense electric jazz’ (The Guardian) the quartet are known for.
‘A crunchy riff, pounding stadium drums and the leader’s vibrant lead guitar instantly conjure the glory days of jazz-rock fusion of the ’70s when McLaughlin hit the big time leading the Mahavishnu Orchestra. He still crams impossible numbers of notes into incredibly tight corners, ramps up the volume and demands speed, power and control from his band.' (Financial Times)
'Bassist Etienne M’Bappe, drummer Ranjit Barot and Gary Husband on keyboards deliver all three, and then some, and, on this exciting and impassioned live recording, make established practices sound fresh-minted.’ (**** Mike Hobart / The Telegraph)
The opening act is Norwegian guitarist Hedvig Mollestad.