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john mclaughlinGuitar legend John McLaughlin will be touring Asia for the first time in 5 years, and this time with his current and longest standing band – The 4th Dimension, featuring multi-instrumentalist Gary Husband on Piano and drums, bassist `extra-ordinaire` Etienne M`Bappe, and powerhouse Indian drummer Ranjit Barot. John McLaughlin is a leading guitarist in jazz and jazz fusion. His style has been described as one of aggressive speed, technical precision, and harmonic sophistication. He is known for using exotic scales and unconventional time signatures. Indian music has had a profound influence on his style, and, it has been written, he is one of the first westerners to play Indian music to Indian audiences

easy evening john mclaughlinThe event being sponsored by Black Dog Easy Evenings meant that patrons and connoisseurs would be lapping up an evening of refreshments and straight-up jazz fusion. The mini-bar set up by the event sponsors sure did keep spirits alive as people wet their whistles before and during the interval of the concert. But absolutely nothing could steal the limelight away from these legendary showstoppers who were about to mesmerize us for the next few hours.

In his usual playful self, McLaughlin set off, digging into his setlist. Since the band is currently touring for their latest album, The Boston Record, Saturday’s set was packed with many compositions off the album. His distorted electric guitar yielded the deepest and most intricate of jazz scales, as the band moved through ‘Raju’, ‘Little Miss Valley’, ‘Senor C.S.’, etc. ‘Abbaji’ had Ranjit Barot stepping in on vocals, with backing vocals provided by the rest of the members. It was a confluence of several kindred spirits – not just genres, but different emotions as well. A land where the soulful, yet, turbulent sounds of the electric guitar meet the bouncy rhythm of the bass and the fluid, clinking keyboards – all held together by the percussive, pounding notes of the drums. As they headed towards a break, the crowd was left thrilled, and hungry for more!

As usual, Black Dog Easy Evenings is not an easy evening with music alone, this time it’s the Black Dog Triple Gold Reserve that kept the audience satiated. The only blended Scotch that is produced involving a triple maturation process which involves Grain whiskies and Malt whiskies separately matured in American Bourbon Casks and then blended together and matured again in Oloroso Sherry Butts for an extra longer period of time to give the blend a distinctive flavour and a delicate finish.

As the evening transpired, every soul in the event was filled with good music and fine scotch, truly an easy evening.

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