John McLaughlin Can’t Please Everyone
John McLaughlin has long since accepted he can’t please all the people all the time.
Instead he aims to please himself first – and hopes fans will follow on in their enjoyment.
That’s the philosophy behind John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension’s latest album, Now Here This, available now.
The Mahavishnu Orchestra mainman tells Hit Channel: “I’m very happy with this recording – I think the band never sounded better.
“I always record the same way: live in the studio. Because of the kind of music we play, we need to have interaction. You can call it jazz, jazz fusion or jazz rock but the important thing is to play together.”
That’s not to say McLaughlin doesn’t take full advantage of the studio environment: “A live recording is like a photograph; a studio recording is a little bit more like a painting. Once you have a good performance from everybody you can say, ‘I want to put the guitar behind the bass,’ for example.”
But when it comes to worrying about whether audiences will respond to his albums, he’s learned to be pragmatic. “I have to say, I never go into the studio to make fans happy. I have to make me happy. I have to make the musicians happy and the musicians themselves have to be happy.
“But the most important thing is, I have to say the truth with the music. When the music comes I try to get out of the way and write it how it comes.
“It can be enlightening; it can be some kind of experience of freedom, of spontaneity in a collective way. These elements are important to our music, and we know – I know – we can’t make everybody happy.
“But if I’m satisfied with my music, then the people like or don’t like what I do. It’s in God’s hands. We just hope. We live in eternal hope.”
McLaughlin launches a month-long European tour at the end of October, including a show at the London Jazz Festival on November 11. He will be featured in Prog Magazine No32, on sale December 19.
Now Here This track list
Echos From Then
Call And Answer
Not Here Not There
Take It Or Leave It