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Live in San Francisco

by McLaughlin-Herring

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elifriedman Amazing live versions of classic Mahavishnu Orchestra tracks. Favorite track: Eternity’s Breath Parts 1 & 2.
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The Midnight Toker. I was in attendance opening night of this historic tour in Buffalo, NY.
When two magicians of such musical lineage hit the stage together, let me tell you it was spell binding.
If you know anything about jazz or jazz fusion you know John McLaughlin, but Jimmy Herring might be a google search away for some. Alum of ARU/ABB/Phil Lesh & The Dead, his tone & style is quite unique. Jimmy & John inter play on a set of Mahavishnu classics is one to behold and one I cherish !
Thnx for this release ! Favorite track: Eternity’s Breath Parts 1 & 2.
HIDEYUKI SHIMA Still the best guitarist even though he is over 70. Please live and play forever.
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Trilogy 13:00
Earth Ship 08:58
Be Happy 07:08


“This recording of the final set at the Warfield Theatre brings to full circle the amazing advent of The Mahavishnu Orchestra In 1971, and its renaissance this night in San Francisco.” mused the boundary-shattering guitarist John McLaughlin. On his farewell tour of America, which comprised of 25 concerts, John invited one his favorite musician, guitarist Jimmy Herring and his band “The Invisible Whip” to explore the timeless music he had created four decades ago.

On September 21, 2018 , Abstract Logix issues Live in San Francisco – a souvenir of a sold-out concert at the historic Warfield Theatre, a beloved venue last visited by John McLaughlin thirty six years ago. In the 4th Dimension – Ranjit Barot (drums, konokol), Gary Husband (keyboards, drums), and Etienne M’Bappé (bass) and in The Invisible Whip – Kevin Scott (Bass), Matt Slocum (Clavinet and B3), Jason Crosby (Fender Rhodes, Violin, Vocals) and Jeff Sipe (Drums) – The Meeting of the Spirits tour featured a 9-piece orchestra that further amplified the seminal music he created in the 70’s, documented in albums – “Birds of Fire”, “Inner Mountain Flame” and “Visions of Emerald Beyond”.

So connected are the nine members that the interplay approaches telepathic levels, making for powerfully evocative performances without any wasted gestures. Longtime fans will be thrilled to hear favorites like “Eternity’s Breath” (from Mahavishnu’s 1973 Visions of Emerald Beyond) and “Trilogy” (from 1973’s Between Nothingness And Eternity) reexamined through the lens of both the bands’ unparalleled sensitivity and astounding power.

The September 2017 release of McLaughlin's Live @ Ronnie Scott’s was followed by the Meeting of the Spirits Tour – a series of November and December shows undertaken in collaboration with one of McLaughlin’s favorite musicians, American guitarist Jimmy Herring. Separate sets by Jimmy Herring and the Invisible Whip and McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension were followed by the two joining forces for an expansive closing jam based on classic Mahavishnu Orchestra material. These special concerts also marked McLaughlin’s final shows in America.

As such, Live in San Francisco offers a tantalizing document of the Meeting of the Spirits Tour. “Playing these timeless compositions with John and The Fourth Dimension was a life changing experience!,” wrote Jimmy Herring .


released September 6, 2018

John McLaughlin: 12 string Double Neck and 6 String Guitars
Jimmy Herring : Guitar
Ranjit Barot : Drums, Konokol and Vocals
Gary Husband: Electric Piano and Synths
Etienne M'Bappe: Bass and Vocals
Jason Crosby: Violin, Fender Rhodes and Vocals
Kevin Scott : Bass guitar
Jeff Sipe: Drums and Gong
Matt Slocum: Hammond B3 and Clavinet


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