Saturday, April 04, 2009

John McLaughlin - Extrapolation (1969) (mp3, 160kbps)

This is a beautiful 'Jazz' record that captures an extremely talented guitarist at a moment when he is searching for the right fit, the right band, the right sound, the right influence. There are four John McLaughlin records between 1969 and 1970. This was the first of that string and his first solo recording overall. The same year this record was recorded, McLaughlin played with Miles Davis on 'In A Silent Way'. The following year they collaborated on 'Bitches Brew'. The year after that they did Jack Johnson. Of the our actual McLaughlin records, two are jazz, one is Indian-influenced acoustic and the last is a rock-psychedelic tribute to Jimi Hendrix - 'Devotion'.

This record is far from the ferocity that would be such a big part of McLaughlin's sound in the 70's. These pieces, however, draw a nice early portrait of the artist as a composer. The band is tight and the sound is spare, at times sparse.

  1. "Extrapolation" – 2:57
  2. "It's Funny" – 4:25
  3. "Arjen's Bag" – 4:25
  4. "Pete the Poet" – 5:00
  5. "This Is for Us to Share" – 3:30
  6. "Spectrum" – 2:45
  7. "Binky's Beam" – 7:05 (This track is often incorrectly listed as "Binky's Dream")
  8. "Really You Know" – 4:25
  9. "Two for Two" – 3:35
  10. "Peace Piece" – 1:50

  • John McLaughlin – guitar
  • Brian Odgers (incorrectly named "Odges" on the album notes) - bass
  • Tony Oxley – drums
  • John Surman – baritone and soprano saxophones
The link is in the comments.

1 comment:

MPomy said...