The Real School of Music - Blog
This past Tuesday the 16th I was able to witness the father of fusion guitar (debatable I’m sure) JOHN MCLAUGHLIN at the new and already storied House of Blues in Boston! I called in some Real School favors considering our strong relationship with the venue and was able to grab a will call ticket along with fellow Real School instructors Joe Peck and Ryan Taylor. Unfortunately, I missed one of my heroes JIMMY HERRING opening the show (gave lessons until 8:30 and hustled to Kenmore) but didn’t miss a note of John McLaughlin. His show was impressive as he drew from his post Mahavishnu solo career. Flanked by glove wearing bassist Etienne Mbabbe and drummer Mark Mondesir the show fully straddled the lines of hard jazz fusion with just an occasional touch of a blues or rock feel. John curiously went without and amp and went direct to the board, but his tone was still slightly overdriven with a lot of sustain. Definitely not a setup I’m used to! Also, wanted to make sure everyone knows that John is currently touring with a rad Godin guitar. GODIN of course is assembled in New Hampshire, the greatest state in a great country. One more item of particular note was the presence of GARY HUSBAND, British born multi-instrumentalist. This guy was mindblowing. He switched during each tune from keys to drums. To do that with an all time talent like JMc at an exceedingly high level like this is like a consistent all-star baseball player at a pro level playing both pitcher and say, power hitting gold glove centerfield year in and year out. I can’t stress this enough. Check out his impressive discography. Be sure to catch John on this tour or another shortly. The man is pushing 70 with an unbelievable head of hair and unflagging talent, not even to mention the formidable recording history or seminal position in the ever-evolving genre of jazz/rock fusion.