Black Dog Easy Evenings with John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension
Black Dog is always known to be part of events, concerts etc in India. One such event was John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension
I got a chance to be part of it. He performed in Chennai on 4th of April 2014 and in Mumbai on 05th of April 2014. I was on a break and was in Mumbai during that time to invite my relatives for my marriage. Luckily, I got hold of the passes for that day. Since, I was travelling, I was not sure where I would be and hence I was not able to book tickets online earlier. My uncle new that I was a fan of him and he somehow arranged passes for me and it was really a surprise.
These jazzy events, most of the times are sponsored by my favorite Black Dog and it is part of Black Dog Easy Evenings. The event was called as Black Dog Easy Evening with John McLaughlin and the Fourth Dimension. This was his first tour with his band in Asia over the past 5 years. His band The 4th Dimension features multi-instrumentalist Gary Husband on Piano and Drums, Bassist ‘extra-ordinaire’ Etienne M`Bappe, and powerhouse Indian drummer Ranjit Barot.
Since, it was sponsored by Black Dog it was expected that they would have ensured that the patrons would be treated to Black Dog special and enjoy the easy evening event. The mini-bar was serving the all new Black Dog Triple Gold Reserve.
We were mesmerized by these legendary showstoppers over the entire duration. 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 covering ‘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.
Its astonishing how well John McLaughlin brings his Indian vocal percussion technique into his performances. While their set came to an end, the band bowed and exited the stage, leaving the crowd hungry for ‘that one encore song’. People were refusing to vacate the auditorium. McLaughlin hit those notes on the first chord, and somebody in the crowd yelled, ‘You Know You Know’. After that the shrieks wouldn’t just stop for the next few minutes. The next four minutes was a roller coaster ride back to the 70’s. After this performance, they finally exited the stage.
It was one hell of a concert and I never managed to attend anything like this before or after that. All thanks to Black Dog Easy Evening, which made this possible.
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