The 60th Annual Grammy® Awards have just been released and Abstract Logix, home to genre bending composers and creators, are honored to announce that the Guitar Pioneer, JOHN MCLAUGHLIN, has been nominated for the BEST IMPROVISED JAZZ SOLO for the live track “Miles Beyond” from his album Live at Ronnie Scott’s. The disc serves as a souvenir from a sold-out, two-night stand at the beloved London venue by John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension, recorded in March of 2017.
In tribute to his nearly 50-year career, McLaughlin has set out on his final U.S. tour which began on November 1st in Buffalo, NY. The nearly sold-out Meeting of the Spirits Tour – is currently taking McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension across the country for over 5 weeks before winding up on December 9th at a sold out UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles, CA.
The tour is in collaboration with one of McLaughlin’s favorite musicians, American guitarist Jimmy Herring, who joins the Maestro with his own band, Jimmy Herring and the Invisible Whip. Show reviews have been spectacular, raves from critics at Buffalo News, Relix, Downbeat, Chicago Sun-Times, Billboard, Guitar Player and more have overwhelmed the guitar legend. Recently the Boston Globe testified, “Fans knew what to expect: blinding speed on the strings and often eccentric time changes. What they got was thrilling realization that McLaughlin, one of the most lauded fusion guitarists for decades, has gotten better at his craft. He’s faster, more inventive, more soulful...A memorable farewell”
McLaughlin recently revealed to Billboard Magazine one of the reasons for his surprising retirement "You know, musicians never die. They just decompose. So I'm on my way. God bless mother; I inherited music from her but I also inherited arthritis, so it's creeping up on me," McLaughlin tells Billboard. "I think one of the most catastrophic things that could happen would be to go on tour and have a really bad day where I'm not really able to play.“
"You realize as you get older that tomorrow is not guaranteed for anybody," McLaughlin says. "I've been aware of this for quite a while now, so I really consider every concert to be my last one since we don't know when we're going to be taken away and sent back to that wonderful place we came from. This really is my attitude. We're just going to play and have a lot of fun, and I'm excited."
Meeting of the Spirits Tour - Remaining Dates:
Nov 30 Paramount Theatre Austin, TX
Dec 01 Riviera Maya Jazz Festival Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
Dec 05 Moore Theatre Seattle, WA
Dec 06 Revolution Hall Portland, OR (sold-out)
Dec 08 The Warfield San Francisco, CA
Dec 09 Royce Hall-UCLA Los Angeles, CA (sold-out)