Tuesday, September 1, 2015

CD Review: New Music From Jazz Fusion Legend John McLaughlin And Singer/Songwriter Mike Edel

English guitarist John McLaughlin is returning with his new instrumental album "Black Light," which will be released on September 21st through Abstract Logix. It is his first solo album in three years and the third to feature his current backing band, the 4th Dimension. McLaughlin was one of the founding members of the jazz fusion band Mahavishnu Orchestra, which found success in the mid-seventies as jazz music was expanding into other territories. He has released 18 solo studio albums, 8 live albums and has made countless contributions to many of the biggest names in jazz and rock music.
His new eight-song release begins with the more traditional jazz feel of "Here Comes The Jiis." McLaughlin's guitar playing is definitely the highlight of this piece of music. The album starts to drift off to the more experimental jazz/funk of "Clap Your Hand" and the rhythm heavy "Panditji." Before delivering a touching tribute to his late collaborator, Paco de Lucia with "El Hombre Que Sabia," McLaughlin takes a stab at modern jazz fusion with dance beats and loads of electronics in "360 Flip," which continues into the closer "Kiki." John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension have some live dates scheduled in October and November in Asia and Australia. To find out more about his new album "Black Light," please visit johnmclaughlin.com.
Canadian singer/songwriter, Mike Edel is releasing his debut album, "India, Seattle" on October 16th in the U.S. The album has already been receiving praise in Canada as Edel looks to bring some of that love to the southern states. The new twelve-song release begins with the mellow beat of "All The Morning" as his voice is warm and inviting. He delivers an Americana vibe to "Blue Above The Green" as he adds a touch of pop sensibility to hook you in. The country guitars of "Thought About July" and up-tempo alternative rock of "More Than The Summer" showcases the diversity in his songwriting to capture every genre. He tries to explain the solution of long-distance relationships in "East Shore West Shore," before finishing the album with the gentle acoustics of "St. Columbia" and the wonderfully touching "India, Seattle." To find out more about Mike Edel and his new debut album "India, Seattle," please visit his website at mikeedel.com.

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