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Now Here This

John McLaughlin, John Mclaughlin And the 4th DimensionAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MediaStarz Monaco
  • ASIN: B008S847X2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,005 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

It has been nearly two years since world-renowned guitarist John McLaughlin released To the One, his highly acclaimed, first studio recording, with The 4th Dimension. The veteran guitar aficionado celebrates his 70th birthday year in 2012 with the release of Now Here This (Abstract Logix), as he ups the ante even further with greater fire, finesse and freewheeling interplay.

McLaughlin's musical influences carry over to many of the musical elite, with Jeff Beck declaring him in 2010 to be ''the best guitarist alive.'' In 2003, McLaughlin was ranked 49th in Rolling Stone magazine list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time and in the summer of 2007, McLaughlin performed at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival in Bridgeview, Illinois. Chick Corea remarked to DownBeat Magazine that ''...what John McLaughlin did with the electric guitar set the world on its ear. No one ever heard an electric guitar played like that before, and it certainly inspired me. John's band, more than my experience with Miles, led me to want to turn the volume up and write music that was more dramatic and made your hair stand on end.''

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. This eight track set of McLaughlin originals, recorded at Studio 26 in Antibes, France, testifies to the guitarist's decades-long fascination with Indian music, through his effortless virtuosity, and relentless lyricism, even when the guitarist is shredding at near-light speed. As John himself simply states, ''Now Here This is the culmination of my life's work till now.''

The critical praise for McLaughlin's previous musical venture cascaded forth immediately; John Fordham of The Guardian declared, ''...this tight 40-minute document hums with a collaborative energy.'' There is little doubt that McLaughlin's return to the electrified fusion he first innovated more than 40 years ago in groups led by trumpet icon Miles Davis and drum legend Tony Williams - and, of course, with his own earth-shattering Mahavishnu Orchestra - is as electrifying and exhilarating as ever. And for those new to the genre, Now Here This is the perfect introduction - one that will surely encourage them to also dive, head-first, into this legendary guitarist's lengthy and groundbreaking discography.


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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy follow-on to To The One October 22, 2012
By Colin
Format:Audio CD
John McLaughlin's 4th Dimension is one of his longest-running line-ups, centred on his partnership with keyboardist (and occasional drummer) Gary Husband, backed up by a series of bassists and drummers. The ensemble's 2010 offering, To The One, displayed a focus and consistent level of energy perhaps not seen in McLaughlin's albums since his Mahavishnu and Shakti output, even down to the sombre, pared down CD cover.
The cover of Now Here This shows McLaughlin in relaxed mood, posing with one of his favourite guitars. But the music herein does not let up in any way on its predecessor. Trancefusion kicks off with some high-energy guitar and drum improvisation before settling in to a complex time signature rock riff that must have made McLaughlin's entire day when it first came to him. Echos (sic) From Then combines a melody that could have come off To The One with descending arpeggio triplets that are pure Mahavishnu, as is the subsequent 7/8 rhythm'n'blues riffing. Guitar Love is one of the album's highlights, again starting with Mahavishnu arpeggios segueing into a swinging blues riff.
There are two significant developments on this album as compared to To The One (apart from being available on vinyl). First, Mark Mondesir has been replaced by Ranjit Bharot, frequently described as the "Indian powerhouse drummer". This is certainly accurate, but he lacks his predecessor's deft touch and witty interplay with McLaughlin and Gary Husband that made To The One such a joy. Second, McLaughlin has apparently switched from playing Godin guitars (a brand he originally picked up due to their advanced MIDI compatibility) to a Paul Reed Smith guitar, which he has described as "about as close to perfection as is possible".
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many pots and pans November 21, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Oh dear...this is what I call a typical Abstract Logix album,high on group interplay and musicianship but utterly lacking in emotion and soul.After the excitement of John re-discovering his self ( and his guitar sound) on the last album ( after too many poor efforts) I'd expected this re-birth to continue..but no.We revert to the usual tired cliches and frenetic interplay.Am I the only one who thinks that the drums are mixed way,way too far in the front and are too loud? Less is more,fellas..really. Add John's obsession with the dreary synth/guitar ( why doesn't he just play that wonderful electric guitar more?) and it's just another fusion album.No soul,no emotion however many difficult notes they play.Have they all forgotten why the jazz fusion movement ( thankfully) fizzled out in the mid to late seventies??? Mahavishnu proved that high levels of musicianship could sit happily with emotion in music..as did Shakti but this? It's all very clever and no doubt some will wonder at the frenetic interplay but it's sterile,going through the motions fusion..I've heard it all before on many occasions.Sorry John,you're still my hero but go back to the basics,throw away that synth guitar and get back to producing music that moved us,that changed our lives.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing and energetic October 27, 2012
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Another great record by John Mclaughlin. Amazing playing all around and a high energy level in most of the tunes. Amazing grooves and interplay between all four musicians. I love Ranjit on drums.....but I loved Mark Mondesir with John as well. I am going back and forth over whose drumming i prefer. Both incredible players. Gary Husband's acoustic piano playing is excellent in Trancefusion. I wish they had used the acoustic piano more throughout this cd,instead of some of the electronic keyboards used. However kickass playing from Gary all around. Etienne is an absolute monster on bass. John's playing is fiery hot all over this cd. Man he has showed no signs of slowing down. The man's playing is so damn tasty and he clearly still has all of his chops A Master of the guitar indeed. (I would still like to hear him play some nylon string guitar as well though, as he did when Trilok was with him.) "Now Here This" is a great cd for any guitar and music lover. Just get it already!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-done but not strikingly new December 1, 2012
By Jay Bee
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have been following John McLaughlin since the good ol' Mahavishnu Orchestra days, and there are well-known reasons why they won't return, but John says in Guitar Player Magazine (I think) that this is his life statement up to this point. Like many technically erudite tour-de-force albums, this one is very sophisticated and technically baffling in its difficulty, but there are no memorable lyric lines, no soulful, soaring melodies, with the immaculate rhythm section pumping it up to the stratosphere. It's the same critique that can be applied to Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and others who have the chops, but don't write hit songs, because you can't remember how they go. In comparison, Neil Young's melodies are very simple, yet they burn into your soul and run in your heart for days. This is more of a listen-in-the-car-on-a-trip CD than something to get into in the living room. But it's still very good and is state-of-the-art fusion jazz - a much needed dose of clarity in an otherwise rap, country and fizzy pop infested soundscape.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FAST, FURIOUS AND BEAUTY November 2, 2012
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If you like jazz-fussion, this is your record. Mclaughlin come back better than ever. Full of energies and ideas. Sure is the best with 4th Dimention. Gary Husband is a perfect pianist for fusion. Etienne is great on bass and Ranjit Barot is powerful on drums. Even the ballads are strong. The melodies are great and the rimth is crazy. "Now,Here, This" is Mclaughlin better than ever. A miracle in his career , now after 50 years, he still and the top.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars McLaughin = great
John McLaughlin continues to dazzle the mind and touch the heart with his often astonishing guitar mastery. One of the major innovators and improvisers of our time.
Published 2 months ago by Lee Underwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music
John McLaughlin deserves all the accolades he gets. This is a wonderful album and we listen repeatedly for the pleasure it provides.
Published 2 months ago by Dr. Neil S. Kaye
5.0 out of 5 stars great cd
I have all of John's stuff and have been a fan of his since the 70's. Anyone who is a fan of his would love this cd. He still plays awesome guitar and his band really shines.
Published 3 months ago by george
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the fusion jazz-rock, hate the packaging!
Really like John McGaughlin's music. My big complaint is with the cheap CD packaging. Nothing more than a cardboard envelope that tore first time I tried to get the CD out. Read more
Published 4 months ago by EP in TX
5.0 out of 5 stars Reviewers of naysaying are ill conceived. NOW hear this...
Absolutely stunning guitar work on an album of wonderful compositions. This album has heart, joy and love. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robert D. Norberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Superb music. McLaughlin continues to push the envelope. Dazzling. Exquisite. Each time I listen to it, I find new levels of complexity and beauty.
Published 5 months ago by Danilo J Levi
2.0 out of 5 stars John let me down
I have about 30 John McLaughlin CDs and never know what to expect. Usually I am pleasantly surprised. Not this time. I thought this would be like the Spain concert on you tube. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bobnoxious
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and very dynamic sound
His playing seems to get better with age. The other musicians more than ably back him. The entire album contains nothing but great songs, no fillers at all!
Published 10 months ago by R. A. Chavez
5.0 out of 5 stars Pristine.
The CD played flawless and was the only used CD posted. The price was low even though it shipped all the way from Prague.
Published 11 months ago by Michael Dorr Frann
4.0 out of 5 stars Good recording.
This is a sensational recording. The music is very original. Without topics, with one very virtuosistic work of the musics.
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