Marbles – John McLaughlin, Buddy Miles and Carlos Santana

Yesterday I wrote about The Electric Church. I have been thinking more about Buddy Miles‘s discography and playing his recordings on Spotify. “Marbles” is an instrumental recording that Mr. Buddy Miles was involved with on two separate recordings.

I have a passion for the instrumental recording “Marbles” authored by John McLaughlin. Buddy Miles was the session drummer on the vinyl recording Devotion (Douglas Records, 9/70) which introduced “Marbles”. This instrumental is as psychedelic and trippy as the cover below.

Buddy Miles and Carlos Santana shared an affinity for John McLaughlin by performing “Marbles” together for their live concert album,  Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles! Live! ‎ (6/72).

 

 

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John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension – The Boston Record

During the summer of 2013, guitar legend John McLaughlin and his trailblazing band The 4th Dimension – Gary Husband on keyboards and drums, Etienne Mbappe on bass, and Ranjit Barot on drums and vocals conduct a rare tour across America. On June 22nd they performed at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

John McLaughlin states, “From time to time, a live record is made that has everything: great collective playing, a terrific audience, fantastic recorded sound, and a wonderful atmosphere. In the new recording of our concert you’ll find all of the above. I’m really happy about this recording.”

This stellar recording will be available on March 18, 2014.

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Paul Reed Smith Contributes Guitar to Metropolitan Museum of Art Music Collection

American guitar maker Paul Reed Smith presented a custom-made electric guitar to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in The Sackler Wing’s Temple of Dendur. This was followed by a demonstration of the instrument by legendary guitarist John McLaughlin.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art houses an encyclopedic collection of musical instruments. We have seen the musical instrument wing on more than one occasion. It is breathtaking in scope and appearance.

Paul Reed Smith makes custom electric guitars for Carlos Santana and other notable musicians.

 

Santana & McLaughlin – Invitation To Illumination, Live At Montreux

I am psyched to report that the Santana &  McLaughlin, Invitation To Illumination, Live At Montreux 2011 concert will soon be available on DVD. The release date for this video product is August 18, 2013.

This was an historic and spiritual collaboration from two guitarists who deeply respect each other. Their 40+ year friendship has yielded spectacular recorded music that bathes the soul in illuminated light.

The evening was a showcase of supreme musical virtuosity and spirituality and typified the approach of these two great artists. It is certainly a performance not to be missed.

Here is a YouTube video of the selection, “A Life Divine” from their classic 1973 album, Love, Devotion and Surrender to whet your appetite until the full DVD is available.

This recording also features the late Claude Nobs, founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival, playing harmonica on the final track.

I always hoped that the Live At Montreux DVD series from Eagle Rock Entertainment would get around to releasing this special concert. Rest assured I am ordering this item as this was a concert I wanted to travel to Montreux, Switzerland attend.

 

Special Edition eBook 2013: Power, Passion and Beauty – The Story of the Legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra

I am pleased to share with my readership a special edition eBook by friend and renowned music journalist  Walter Kolosky. Walter is the subject matter authority when it comes to John McLaughlin and jazz-rock fusion.

His book, Power, Passion and Beauty explores the evolution of the classic jazz-rock fusion group, The Mahavishnu Orchestra. It is authored with an intense desire that bathes us in the light of its inner mounting flame.

I am a longtime fan of The Mahavishnu Orchestra and John McLaughlin. I was fortunate to see The Mahavishnu Orchestra live in 1973. It just so happens that 1973 is the starting point for Walter’s book as well 🙂

I am enthused that Walter has significantly revised his book to include recent interviews with Chick Corea, Steve Howe and Carlos Santana that are woven throughout the eBook tapestry. I am honored to have played a minor role in connecting Carlos Santana and Walter Kolosky for this valuable eBook.

Walter Kolosky: I thank Ed Jennings for his help in obtaining the interview with Carlos Santana.

I urge you to visit Walter Kolosky’s Website where you can order the eBook edition that best suits the device you read with these days. I also suggest that you view the special slide show that Walter has created to go with the eBook.  I chose the Apple iBooks edition so that I can read it on my iPhone.

What a totally cool and worthwhile music eBook! 🙂

John McLaughlin and The 4th Dimension – Now Here This

John McLaughlin and The 4th Dimension is set to release their next recording, Now Here This , October 18th, 2012 on Abstract-Logix(US).

It has been nearly two years since John McLaughlin released To the One, his highly acclaimed, first studio recording, with The 4th Dimension. We were fortunate to see John McLaughlin and The 4th Dimension perform at The Town Hall in New York City on November 13, 2010.

John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension: To the One

McLaughlin’s latest creative venture with The 4th Dimension, reflects a slight, yet significant, alteration of the dynamic, specifically the recruitment of powerhouse Indian drummer Ranjit Barot. Cameroon-born/Paris-resident bassist Etienne M’Bappe is back from To the One, as is keyboardist/drummer Gary Husband

As John himself simply states, “Now Here This  is the culmination of my life’s work till now.”

Can’t wait to hear these powerful eight tracks that contain the nucleus of Indian music, electric fusion and explosive fire.

Here they are performing live in 2011 for a sell-out crowd in Plaza de la Trinidad, Donosti, Spain who lovingly endures the rain with them 🙂

If you are  interested in a very limited edition (500) numbered , hand signed vinyl release of the new record with maybe a bonus track and possibly a poster or a handwritten chart (printed) from John, sign up here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/39682191053/?ref=ts

Miles Davis – Electric Jazz-Fusion

Cover of "In a Silent Way"
Cover of In a Silent Way

I  should have made this blog post about Miles Davis the first post for the four-part jazz/rock fusion series this week. Miles invented jazz/rock fusion beginning with In A Silent Way in 1969.

My aim with this blog post is to celebrate Miles Davis’s leadership role in forging the electric jazz-fusion genre. It is my favorite Miles period in his evolutionary path.

One definitive work I discovered while researching Miles’s electric period is the book, Miles Beyond: The Electric Explorations of Miles Davis, 1967-1991 by Paul Tingen. It covers Mile’s electric period in-depth. His companion Web site which is chock full of information is here.

I found it interesting as I researched the jazz/rock fusion artists the intersection points with Miles Davis. The Miles Davis school of jazz gave birth to Tony Williams and John McLaughlin, among many others. Miles nurtured a rich, mother vein of talent that he mined and shared with the universe. Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Billy Cobham, Dave Holland, Sonny Sharrock, Bennie Maupin, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, the list of jazz infamous goes on and on…..

John McLaughlin played a key role in Miles Davis’s formation and evolution of electric jazz-fusion. He is featured on In A Silent Way, Bitches Brew, A Tribute To Jack Johnson, Big Fun and On The Corner.

A pivotal point in Miles Davis’s electric jazz/fusion is the Isle of Wight concert that takes place before 600,000+ people in 1970. The largest human gathering of its time, exceeding the population of Woodstock the year before.

Miles Electric, A Different Kind of Blue documents this event on DVD.