Tuesday, August 16, 2016

John McLaughlin Trio in Stuttgart, 1992, Part I

I had posted this concert previously as a Hamburg date whereas it's actually from Stuttgart, and performed two years later than the given date.

This features the electric Jozy (even though played acoustically) and an animated Indo-bop sort of scat which is rather excellent.

Richard Cook and Brian Morton on this band:
"[McLaughlin] is punching out rows of notes which are almost as impressive for their accuracy as for their power. The themes are no longer as obviously visionary and Eastern-influenced and the guitarist seem content to re-run many of stylistic devices he had adopted from the days with Miles Davis through the ringing harmonies of Shakti and back out into a more obviously jazz-grounded idiom."

McLaughlin on acoustic guitar is accompanied by Dominique Di Piazza on electric bass and the Indian percussionist Trilok Gurtu.


  1. Hey, Ehsan,

    It's Hamburg - not Hambourg. Thanks for the vid!

  2. Ehsan,

    This indo-bop sort of scat thing is a traditional thing that indian tabla players do. These are a bunch of syllables each presenting a note on the tablas. The player adds this syllables which are always grouped together in certain ways in a a way that he can remember them. Then after the scatting they usually go to play the exact same rhythm and notes on the tabla.
    For example here is a video where the great Chatur Lal is doing this. He does it from 08:48 on (of course the whole piece is worth a listen).



    1. And thanks for this, too, Armin! It's amazing that McLaughlin can keep up so deftly with a native player.

      And the link is a good demonstration of what you've explained here.

  3. Sorry, I did not want to add two links. But both are by Chatur Lal. The longer one is the one I mentioned above.

  4. Ravi Shankar explains this much better than I (and then later Ustad Allah Rakha does it: