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John McLaughlin’s U.S. Farewell Tour Captured on “Live in San Francisco”
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John McLaughlin’s U.S. Farewell Tour Captured on “Live in San Francisco”

Last year, jazz and fusion guitar legend John McLaughlin performed a tour of the U.S. that he says was his final outing in the States. The “Meeting of the Spirits” tour saw him exploring his past work with the Mahavishnu Orchestra in a different setting with his band the 4th Dimension featuring drummer Ranjit Barot, keyboardist Gary Husband, and bassist...

Bass Bash Returns for 15th Anniversary Shows
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Bass Bash Returns for 15th Anniversary Shows

The Bass Bash is returning to Anaheim, California for its 15th anniversary, and this time they’re pulling out all the stops. The two-night event, which coincides with the Winter NAMM Show, features some of the most talented bassists in the world performing on one stage. The lineup for Thursday, January 25th will include Mohini Dey, Cheikh Ndoye, Reggie Young, Abraham...

Etienne M’Bappe Anchors New John McLaughlin Live Album
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Etienne M’Bappe Anchors New John McLaughlin Live Album

In March of 2017, John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension played two nights of sold-out shows at the world-renowned London jazz club Ronnie Scott’s. It was a special occasion for McLaughlin, whose history with the club goes as far back as the 1960’s when he was a member of the house band. He and his band performed works from early...

Etienne Mbappe Releases Fourth Solo Album
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Etienne Mbappe Releases Fourth Solo Album

Etienne Mbappe handles both bass and lead vocals on his fourth solo effort, How Near How Far, released under the name, Etienne Mbappe & the Prophets. Mbappe (John McLaughlin’s 4th Dimension, Joe Zawinul, Robben Ford, Slif Keita, Ray Charles, Steps Ahead, Bill Evans) has focused more on instrumentation than vocals on this record. “The concept of the Prophets,” Mbappé said,...

John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension Release “Black Light”
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John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension Release “Black Light”

Guitarist John McLaughlin and his band the 4th Dimension, featuring Etienne Mbappe (solo, Ultramarine, Zawinul Syndicate) on bass. has released Black Light, an album of eight original tunes. According to McLaughlin, the album “has opened a portal that is neither jazz nor rock, nor Indian nor blues, and yet all of these: it’s an open door. ” Here’s a little...

John McLaughlin and The 4th Dimension Release “The Boston Record”
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John McLaughlin and The 4th Dimension Release “The Boston Record”

John McLaughlin and The 4th Dimension’s shows in 2013 showcased not only music from guitar great McLaughlin’s last two albums with the band, but a new take on the Mahavishnu Orchestra’s classic “You Know, You Know.” reveals the group at its live best on the final show of the tour, at Berklee College of Music. The 4th Dimension — including...

Etienne Mbappe To Tour with The Ringers
Concerts & Tours

Etienne Mbappe To Tour with The Ringers

After debuting in early 2013 for a short East Coast tour, the Ringers are back with more performance dates. The supergroup is made up of Jimmy Herring, Wayne Krantz, Michael Landau, Gary Novak and bassist Etienne Mbappe. Their trek kicks off January 18th during two appearances at Florida’s Sunshine Music & Blues Festival. They then make their way north along...

Abstract Logix Releases “The New Universe Music Festival 2010” Live CD Set
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Abstract Logix Releases “The New Universe Music Festival 2010” Live CD Set

Record label Abstract Logix held a music festival last November, featuring a wide array of musical acts over a two-day event. That concert is now available on a 2-CD release, entitled Abstract Logix Live! The New Universe Music Festival 2010. John McLaughlin and his 4th Dimension band, headlined the event, featuring bassist Etienne Mbappe. Other bassists on the release include...

An Interview with Etienne Mbappé
Interviews

An Interview with Etienne Mbappé

Following our review of John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension’s To The One, we had the chance to ask bassist Etienne Mbappé a few questions about the album, working with Joe Zawinul, and about all the great bass that comes out of his native Cameroon. How did the “To The One” project come together? I met John McLaughlin in 2002...

Reviews

A Review of John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension’s “To The One”

Wow! This is the record I was hoping for: John McLaughlin letting rip within a band context. To The One is a passionate sonic blast. McLaughlin, bassist Etienne Mbappe, and drummers Mark Mondesir and Gary Husband set up in one room on the studio for a live recording with keyboard added by Husband. McLaughlin is now playing with musicians who...