The Boston Record

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John McLaughlin and The 4th Dimension
The Boston Record

[ Abstract Logix / CD ]

Release Date: Tuesday 18 March 2014

Ever since guitarist John McLaughlin formed the 4th Dimension-his first electric fusion band in a decade-fans have been hoping he'd dig a little further into his back catalog. The wait is over with The Boston Record, a live album recorded in 2013 at Boston's Berklee College of Music.

This isn't 4th Dimension's first live album, though it is the first to feature the seven year-old group's current configuration. Ranjit Barot, first heard with McLaughlin on Floating Point (Abstract Logix, 2009), replaced drummer Mark Mondesir on Now Here This (Abstract Logix, 2013), and is as outrageously virtuosic as ever; the equally impressive bassist Etienne Mbappe is back too, as is serious double-threat keyboardist/drummer Gary Husband-the only other remaining member of 4th Dimension's inaugural lineup and clearly an increasingly important musical collaborator.

At 72, McLaughlin isn't just at the top of his game; with his best (and longest-standing) fusion group since his breakthrough/breakout days of the early '70s, The Boston Record documents an artist still vital, still treading new ground-and still as relevant as ever.

"At 72, McLaughlin isn't just at the top of his game; with his best (and longest-standing) fusion group since his breakthrough/breakout days of the early '70s, The Boston Record documents an artist still vital, still treading new ground-and still as relevant as ever." (allaboutjazz.com)

Tracks:

Raju
Little Miss Valley
Abbaji
Echos from Then
Senor C.S.
Call & Answer
Maharina
Hijacked
You Know You Know