fusion

Unalloyed felicity is the best way to describe D-Stringz, the new disc by the cooperative trio – violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, bassist Stanley Clarke, and guitarist Biréli Lagrène. These three distinctive titans consolidate their singular voices while exploring vast stylistic idioms within jazz’s expansive realm, resulting in a cohesive sound that plays to the strength of each individual’s virtuosity and more importantly their keen sense of musical interactivity. Each of these musicians are renowned for their incredible work within the electric jazz realm; D-Stringz shows them venturing into the acoustic realm and exhuming four jazz gems while also contributing fetching originals that shine new light to their individual gifts as composers.

320 kbps | 119 MB | UL | UA |

The album features eight original McLaughlin compositions, including a heartfelt homage to his departed colleague, collaborator and friend, Paco De Lucia. McLaughlin had intended to compose an album’s worth of new material with the guitarist just before De Lucia’s untimely passing on February 25, 2014. The De Lucia tribute is titled “El Hombre Que Sabia” and features McLaughlin on acoustic guitar. The title means “The Man Who Knew,“ and you can hear McLaughlin playing a portion of it in the video below.Aside from that track, Black Light features electric instrumentation. For the album, McLaughlin is backed by the 4th Dimension: multi-instrumentalist Gary Husband (keyboards and drums), Etienne Mbappe (bass) and Ranjit Barot (drums).

320 kbps | 107 MB | UL |