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John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension
The guitar grandmaster’s virtuosity has been celebrated worldwide since the late 60’s when he left Britain to play with Tony Williams’ Lifetime, and then with Miles Davis, recording such classics as In A Silent Way, Bitches Brew and On The Corner. The fusion of jazz and rock was complete for McLaughlin with the amazing success of his Mahavishnu Orchestra, and through his collaborations with Carlos Santana, Chick Corea, and Jaco Pastorius. He subsequently found fame playing acoustic guitar with the biggest stars of Indian music, in Shakti; and with the biggest star of the flamenco world, Paco de Lucia. Now he’s back with jazz-rock fusion, and a band that’s widely recognised as one of the best he’s ever had – with Gary Husband, Etienne Mbappe, and Ranjit Barot. They play with fire, finesse and freewheeling interplay, with Mclaughlin’s guitar chops undimmed. Jeff Beck recently called him “the best guitarist alive”. A very special concert for Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.
The Alyn Cosker Group will open the concert. This power-quartet plays muscular, electric jazzrock with catchy melodies and unstoppable propulsion. Cosker is first choice drummer for many leading bands in the UK, his genuinely exciting new band also features Davie Dunsmuir (guitar), Steve Hamilton (keyboards), Colin Cunningham (electric bass).