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John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension New Recording to Benefit the Jazz Foundation of America

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John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension New Recording to Benefit the Jazz Foundation of America

John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension Offer First New Recording in Five Years to Benefit the Jazz Foundation of America during the Covid-19 Crisis

The blues may be the only thing even more universal than the current global pandemic we are all operating through. With this in mind, pathbreaking guitarist and bandleaderJohn McLaughlinhas convened his longstanding bandthe 4th DimensionGary Husband(keyboards),Etienne M’Bappe (bass), andRanjit Barot(drums,konnakol) — via the Internet to record “Lockdown Blues,” the multifaceted ensemble’s first new studio recording in five years. Although each performer contributed his part remotely from far-flung locales (McLaughlin: Monaco,Husband: London,M’Bappe: Paris,Barot: Mumbai), their deeply felt connection transmits clearly through high-speed data lines as they tackle a rigorous, propulsive newMcLaughlincomposition rooted in the blues, but enlivened and disrupted by his signature rhythmic intricacy.

McLaughlinconvened the4th Dimensionto help raise awareness and funds for theJazz Foundation of America, who has supported jazz music and jazz musicians for over 30 years. “The pandemic has thrown hundreds of thousands of musicians out of work,”McLaughlinreflects, “and nobody knows how long.” With this in mind, theJazz Foundation of Americahas recently established aCOVID-19 Musicians’ Emergency Fundto give musicians and their families money to help cover basic living expenses.

A video of the4th Dimensionperforming “Lockdown Blues”is available to view onYouTube,Facebook,Instagramand the audio recording can be downloaded free on Abstract Logix Bandcamp page:abstractlogix.bandcamp.com.Donations can be given directly to theJazz Foundation of Americaatwww.jazzfoundation.org.

“As a band, we’ve been together so long we’re family,”McLaughlinconcludes. “But in fact we go further back: Humanity is the only family, and we believe the only way humanity will survive is if we care enough for each other. We hope that whoever sees or hears this will care also.So, if you donate something — even something really small — thank you.”

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