PIONEERING GUITARIST AND BANDLEADER JOHN MCLAUGHLIN TO RELEASE BLACK LIGHT SEPTEMBER 21ST; Album Features McLaughlin’s virtuoso 4th Dimension band World Tour To Follow Album Release

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Album Features McLaughlin’s virtuoso 4th Dimension band

World Tour To Follow Album Release


“Playing and working with the same musicians in a band is a living process which unfolds as time goes by,” reflects guitarist, composer, and bandleader John McLaughlin when considering the release of his latest album, Black Light  – the third studio album to feature his band, the 4th Dimension.  Available via Abstract Logix on September 21, 2015, Black Light finds the relentlessly inquisitive, exploratory McLaughlin continuing to uncover new melodic and rhythmic pathways with the same fearless zeal that has made him one of modern music’s most admired and influential figures.

Black Light includes 8 original McLaughlin compositions, but the emotional core of Black Light, and one of McLaughlin’s finest acoustic performances on record, rests in “El Hombre Que Sabia” – a deeply moving tribute McLaughlin’s late collaborator, Paco de Lucía, who passed away in early 2014. “You cannot imagine how much I miss him,” reflects McLaughlin. “‘El Hombre’ is one of the pieces Paco and I had planned to record on a new studio album last year.”  The two had intended to compose an album’s worth of new material just before De Lucia’s untimely passing.

Otherwise electric, Black Light features the 4th Dimension – drummer/vocalist Ranjit Barot, keyboardist/drummer Gary Husband, and bassist Étienne M’Bappé – McLaughlin has gathered a trio of fellow travelers with the collective discipline, technical ability, musicianship, and imagination to support, enhance, and enrich McLaughlin’s challengingly expansive new material and methods.

“I am always excited to play with these musicians,” McLaughlin says enthusiastically – no small compliment given he has performed alongside an array of revolutionary talents in his lifetime. “Not only are they marvelous players, but they are great human beings, and as such we have developed, over the years, a deep complicity that comes through in the music.”

The latest dispatch from a life-long musical journey, Black Light shows no sign of slowing down or complacency on McLaughlin’s part. Rather, it is the fulfillment of an ongoing, evolving ambition to thoughtfully, consciously imbue his sonic constructions with maximal emotional resonance.   What exactly does the title, Black Light mean to McLaughlin?  “The words are irrational, but then, music is irrational, though with a particular kind of logic.  What the words mean to me is the following.  Musicians and artists of all kinds live in their inner world, and everything we do comes from the inside of our brain, heart.  When I look inside my head there’s only nothingness, nothing to grasp hold of and yet, I can see images clearly, and more importantly, I can hear music without sound, and that has never been played. To me, this is also a world of light, but there is no light, very strange but wonderful. This is ‘Black Light’”

Following the international release of Black LightMcLaughlin and the 4th Dimension will set out on a world tour, continuing to explore and elaborate upon the album’s genre-defying material.  More dates to be announced shortly.


John McLaughlin – Australia/Asia Tour Dates

Tuesday, October 06, 2015               Perth, Perth Music Hall

Thursday, October 08, 2015              Sydney, Recital Hall

Saturday, October 10, 2015              Brisbane, The Tivoli

Wednesday, October 14, 2015         Melbourne, Melbourne Festival

Friday, October 16, 2015                   Jakarta, Cotton Club ** TBC

Saturday, October 17, 2015              Jakarta, Cotton Club ** TBC

Sunday, October 18, 2015                 Bali, Arma Ubud

Friday, October 23, 2015                   Tokyo, Blue Note

Saturday, October 24, 2015              Tokyo, Blue Note

Sunday, October 25, 2015                 Tokyo, Blue Note

Sunday, November 01, 2015             Bangkok, M-Theatre Hall

Thursday, November 05, 2015          Dhaka , Dhaka Jazz Festival

Friday, November 06, 2015               Mumbai, ** TBC


** To Be Confirmed

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