|John McLaughlin Trio||Live at the Royal Festival Hall|
It had been five long years since McLaughlin had last put out a record when Polygram released Live at the Royal Festival Hall in 1990. The brilliant Percussionist Trilok Gurtu, of Oregon fame, joined him along with bassist Kai Eckhardt to form this exciting band which was to exist is some form or another, always changing bassists, for at least five years. The mostly acoustic music, augmented by bass and John's guitar synth, which fills this album is a mix of standard jazz, fusion and Indian influenced rhythms and melody lines. The rhythms do tend to overwhelm the compositions, but to a degree, it is what this particular band was about. The rhythmic structure of the trio is such that rhythm becomes as much a part of the composition as the melodic theme. This personality led to many exciting and fun musical excursions. This band was fun to listen to because its members were having fun.
3. Florianapolis - (14:35) (J.McLaughlin/M.Forman)
4. Pasha's Love - (7:16) (T.Gurtu)
5. Mother Tongues - (18:37) (J.McLaughlin)
6. Blues for L.W. - (8:25) (J.McLaughlin)
John McLaughlin - acoustic guitar,
Kai Eckhardt-Karpeh - electric bass
Trilok Gurtu - percussion, voice
Digitally recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall,
Produced by Stefan F. Winter.
|JMT 834 436 (p) 1990|