Heart of Things

Heart of Things

by John McLaughlin
     
 

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Although not referred to as such by name, this is a mid-'90s incarnation of the Mahavishnu Orchestra idea -- another quintet fronted by John McLaughlin playing electric jazz-rock with virtuosity to burn. As before, when the name was last floated in the 1980s, it is a very different sound, but closer to the original Mahavishnu blend than the '80s version ever got.… See more details below

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Although not referred to as such by name, this is a mid-'90s incarnation of the Mahavishnu Orchestra idea -- another quintet fronted by John McLaughlin playing electric jazz-rock with virtuosity to burn. As before, when the name was last floated in the 1980s, it is a very different sound, but closer to the original Mahavishnu blend than the '80s version ever got. There are rapid-fire unison statements as in the old days, but now softer and more complex in texture and definitely lower in volume. Dennis Chambers, a leftover from the McLaughlin organ trio of the early '90s, is probably the most incendiary drummer McLaughlin has featured since Billy Cobham, and he really mixes things up throughout the CD, including a sizzling one-on-one duel with the guitarist on the questionably titled "Acid Jazz." McLaughlin brandishes his technique with the old flash, yet as has been the pattern in his middle age, his tone is mellow and rounded, often heard through the transforming gauze of MIDI electronics. The experienced Jim Beard is responsible for the keyboard textures; Gary Thomas offers capable tenor, soprano and flute leads; Matthew Garrison (son of Jimmy) is the excellent electric bass player, and they are often augmented by the Latin percussion of Victor Williams. Again, one can say that McLaughlin's playing is more musical and charged with greater authority now than a quarter of a century ago, though not as hot in temperature. Even so, this is the warmest his music has been since the Mahavishnu days.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/03/2000
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731454353625
catalogNumber:
543536

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John McLaughlin   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,MIDI Guitar
Jim Beard   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Gary Thomas   Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Dennis Chambers   Drums
Jean Paul Celea   Acoustic Bass
Matthew Garrison   Bass Guitar,Fretless Bass Guitar
Victor Williams   Percussion

Technical Credits

John McLaughlin   Producer
Jean-Philippe Allard   Executive Producer
Denis Majorrell   Cover Photo
Celeste Frigo   Engineer
Paolo Lafelice   Engineer

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