Industrial Zen

Industrial Zen

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by John McLaughlin
     
 

The ever peripatetic and ever restless John McLaughlin returns again to the electric jazz field that he once commanded in the early '70s, while never quite landing on the same spot where he left off. A few of the familiar components are still whirring away -- the dizzyingly fast and jagged unison themes; the furious interplay with his teammates, whose personnel change… See more details below

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The ever peripatetic and ever restless John McLaughlin returns again to the electric jazz field that he once commanded in the early '70s, while never quite landing on the same spot where he left off. A few of the familiar components are still whirring away -- the dizzyingly fast and jagged unison themes; the furious interplay with his teammates, whose personnel change on every track. But the landscape has changed again: McLaughlin immerses himself deeply into the high-tech digital scenery, programming loops and backdrops (the mood piece "New Blues Old Bruise" is merely a sleeker impression of what Pink Floyd was doing more than three decades before). Those voices you hear on a few tracks are, of course, not real; they're sampled chorus effects as played through a controller of some sort (which anyone can do at home on a Yamaha keyboard these days). Memories of Shakti -- McLaughlin's sporadically recurring Indian experiment -- are hinted at but not recalled in toto as tabla master Zakir Hussain is called upon repeatedly, working himself into a frenzy on the 12-and-a-half-minute tone poem "Dear Dalai Lama." Saxophonist Bill Evans arrives from the 1980s version of Mahavishnu; he knows his way around the McLaughlin mazes of notes as well as anyone, and on the closing passage of "Just So Only More So," he and McLaughlin carry on a touching, conversational dialogue on their instruments. Hadrien Feraud pays effusive, voluble tribute to Jaco Pastorius, not only on the obvious title "For Jaco," but also on "Senor C.S." While Industrial Zen is a reminder to all that McLaughlin remains a formidable electric player in his sixties, the only track that really sticks in the memory is the last, "Mother Nature," with its electronic revolving ostinato and Shankar Mahadevan's keening vocal. Industrial Zen, indeed.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/01/2006
Label:
Verve Fontana
UPC:
0602498393284
catalogNumber:
706602
Rank:
110052

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John McLaughlin   Primary Artist,Guitar,Chant
Eric Johnson   Guitar
Dennis Chambers   Drums
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Matthew Garrison   Bass Guitar
Zakir Hussain   Tabla
Gary Husband   Drums,Keyboards
Mark Mondesir   Drums
Otmaro Ruíz   Synthesizer
Shankar Mahadevan   Vocals
Ada Rovatti   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Tony Grey   Bass Guitar
Hadrien Feraud   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

John McLaughlin   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Matthew Garrison   Engineer
Richard Mullen   Engineer
Otmaro Ruíz   Engineer
David Channing   Engineer
Shankar Mahadevan   Composer
Neil Tucker   Engineer
Christoph Stickel   Mastering

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