June 27, 2010 – 4:04 am

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Uppsala 2010 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Uppsala Konsert & Kongress Hall, Stora Salen, Uppsala, Sweden, May 8, 2010. Very good radio broadcast.

Going by the new CD, To The One (April 2010), and his current tour, it does appear that jazz guitarist John McLaughlin has found a new level of excitement in his music. Perhaps he has found a group of musicians who challenges and works well with him - Gary Husband (keyboard, drums), Etienne M’Bappe (electric bass) and Mark Mondesir (drums). A review in says “Each musician is flawless technically and world class. The solos are exciting and creative, and the role of the rhythm section is played perfectly as well.”

There is a fresh intensity to his guitar work and the interplay within the group is stimulating, to say the least. Put it this way - anyone listening to this energetic work won’t think of John McLaughlin, who is 68, it’d be some other young upstart. Perhaps the comment at McLaughlin’s website might give a little background to his current creative splurge: “Compositional devices clearly inspired by Coltrane are fused with elements of McLaughlin’s own multi-faceted approach, all delivered with a group empathy and shared vision that harkens back to Coltrane’s fearless mid-‘60s quartet of Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, and Jimmy Garrison.”

Maybe music fan Lee Morgan sums it best when he made this comment at “While not necessarily charting new territory with this release, there’s a concise, finely honed quality to his playing and to the arrangements that provide a clarity to John’s music that transcends mere licks or streams of notes tossed off at high velocity.”

If fans felt let down by McLaughlin’s last few albums, To The One and this current tour should just about set things right again.

Thanks to Ricola for sharing the lossless tracks at Dime (hopefully the static at the beginning of Nostalgia won’t spoil anyone’s listening pleasure). Thanks also to Fastone for the artwork.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1 (61.03 min)
Track 101. Radio Intro (1.5MB)
Track 102. Raju > McLaughlin speaks (21.4MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 103. Recovery (15.9MB)
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Track 104. The Fine Line (15.1MB)
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Track 105. Radio Announcer (456k)
Track 106. Senor C.S. (18.7MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 107. Nostalgia > McLaughlin speaks (static 00:30 - 01:35) (11.3MB)
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Disc 2 (57.46 min)
Track 201. Solli (Husband) (11.5MB)
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Track 202. Hijacked (15.3MB)
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Track 203. Maharina (9.6MB)
Track 204. Five Piece Band > Mother Tongues (great drum duet of Mondesir & Husband) (34.7MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 205. Light At The Edge Of The World (Encore) (8.4MB)
Track 206. Radio Outro (490k)

John McLaughlin - guitar
Gary Husband - keyboards, drums
Etienne Mbappé - electric bass
Mark Mondésir - drums

Click on the link to order John McLaughlin’s To The One album.

  1. 11 Responses to “JOHN McLAUGHLIN - SWEDEN 2010”

  2. Sorry to say I can’t find any fire that existed in JM after he disbanded the MO or for that matter even the Mahavishnu from his first name. The Shakti albums were great but that is where I jumped ship and I HAVE been looking and listening, waiting for that energy or fire to return but sadly….not to be found. My opinion.

    By lanzarishi on Jun 27, 2010

  3. Hey bigo,Thankx for the great set.John is particularly smokin’ here!Almost as great as that thing he did with Carlos.Rivals the Shakti and Mahavishnu periods.McLaughlin just keep getting better and better

    By jimbob on Jun 28, 2010

  4. hey bigo, thanks! this is pretty good. i’m on round two now.


    By Ed Saad on Jun 28, 2010

  5. Me too Ed!

    By jimbob on Jun 28, 2010

  6. …as far as i’m concerned he is as on fire as he ever was,plus the sheer fact that he forged so much in the past is keeping the flame,man what more can one man do,and to me these last few albums are amazing,this is awesome,…and I saw both Mahavishnu line-ups live

    By GW on Jun 29, 2010

  7. Since I heared McLaughlin first time.I like his kind of music.He was and is one of the greatest inovatores in Jazz and Fusion.
    A sensational recording. Tanks !

    By Catman on Jun 29, 2010

  8. I’ve seen McLaughlin Live in several of his “incarnations” - Mahavishnu Orchestra , Shakti, Electric Guitarist Tour, McLaughlin- DeLucia - DiMeola , Remember Shakti and with the 4th Dimension. He has never failed to impress me with his artistry and Musicianship. Thanks for another great upload, bigO

    By Namoosedog on Jul 1, 2010

  9. Just beautiful music as always from Johnny Mac

    By Kookie on Jul 2, 2010

  10. A huge big thanks for this 4th dimension show Mc Laughlin is really smoking

    By frenchmrfusion on Jul 2, 2010

  11. This is great. Kind of reminds me of Hatfield and the North or National Health at times. The bass and drum interplay is phenomenal.

    By John Branin on Sep 8, 2010

  12. Can you fix the links to tracks 102,106,203 and 204 if possible? Thanks so much….

    By Sloop John B on Aug 31, 2017

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