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Published: 2010/02/16

John McLaughlin: To The One

The latest studio recording by jazz guitar legend John McLaughlin is set for an April 20 release on via Abstract Logix. McLaughlin is joined on To The One by his current touring group, the 4th Dimension: Gary Husband (keyboards, drums), Etienne M’Bappe (electric bass), and Mark Mondesir (drums). The music on the new release harkens back to the mid-60s and his first encounter with John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme. McLaughlin who went on to record many memorable albums with Miles Davis and the Mahavishnu Orchestra explains, “This music started to come to me without any call from my part. The sound and feel of this new music took me back to 1965, to when I first heard A Love Supreme. I was 23 years old at that time, and struggling with questions of existence that we all confront sooner or later. Some of us discard them or don’t bother to delve deeper, but that’s not my nature. I was asking big questions: What is the meaning of life? What is this word ‘god’? What is this spirit? It was then that Coltrane came along and single-handedly brought this dimension of spirituality into jazz…it was a pivotal experience to me. It was so encouraging to me in both my musical and spiritual quests. To The One, as an album, is about those two aspects of my life – music and spirituality – crystallized by this recording of Coltrane’s, and how A Love Supreme coincided with my search for meaning in life.”

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