John McLaughlin And The 4th Dimension To Celebrate Their New Album With North American Tour Beginning November 10th

October 19, 2010


Passionate new recording reflects the ongoing profound impact of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme on McLaughlin’s musical and spiritual quest

(New York, NY) – Fiery yet disarmingly open-hearted, the new album from John McLaughlin and the Fourth Dimension, To The One, bravely takes on the artistic and spiritual challenges first offered by Coltrane’s jazz masterpiece A Love Supreme, while making extensive use of the pioneering musical and technical vocabulary that McLaughlin has honed since the beginning of his storied career. Beginning November 10th in Quebec City, McLaughlin and his band the 4th Dimension – Gary Husband (keyboards, drums), Etienne M’Bappe (electric bass), and Mark Mondesir (drums) – will embark on an extensive tour, during which they will mix compositions from the new album with acknowledged classics from his vast repertoire.

Released via Abstract Logix on April 20, 2010,
To The One is the result of a burst of inspiration that struck the legendary English guitarist and composer in summer of 2009. “This music started to come to me,” McLaughlin explains, “without any call from my part. The sound and feel of this new music took me back to 1965, to when I first heard A Love Supreme. I was 23 years old at that time, and struggling with questions of existence that we all confront sooner or later. It was then that Coltrane came along and single-handedly brought this dimension of spirituality into jazz…it was a pivotal experience to me. It was so encouraging to me in both my musical and spiritual quests. To The One, as an album, is about those two aspects of my life – music and spirituality – crystallized by this recording of Coltrane’s, and how A Love Supreme coincided with my search for meaning in life.”

It is a search that he never surrendered, as McLaughlin’s musical journey took him from session work and jazz sessions in the UK to recording and performing in America with the likes of Tony Williams and Miles Davis, through to the founding of the incredibly influential exploratory fusion outfit the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Shakti, his ensemble dedicated to exploring Indian music and spirituality. Over the past three decades, McLaughlin has continually sought out bold new contexts for his expressive and inventive playing, culminating in the nuanced yet explosive work of the 4th Dimension, as can be witnessed on
To The One and at the following tour dates:

November 10            Quebec City               Palais Montcalm             Canada 
November 11            Toronto                       Koerner Hall             Canada 
November 12            Philadelphia, Pa         Keswick Theatre             US 
November 13            New York, Ny            Town Hall             US 
November 14            Alexandria, Va            Birchmere             US 
November 16            Boston, Ma                 House of Blues             US 
November 18            Milwaukee, Wi           The Northen Lights Theater             US 
November 19            Saint Louis, Mo           Sheldon Arts Foundation             US 
November 20            Atlanta, Ga                 Rialto Center             US 
November 21            Raleigh, Nc                 Lincoln Theatre             US 
November 23            Austin, Tx                 One World Theatre             US 
November 24            Austin, Tx                 One World Theatre             US 
November 27            Mexico                      Riviera Maya Jazz Festival             Mexico 
November 29            Dallas, Tx                 Granada Theatre             US 
November 30            Santa Fe, Nm             Lensic Theatre             US 
December 01            Los Angeles, Ca         UCLA                         US 
December 03            Tucson, Az                 The Fox             US 
December 04            Boulder, Co                 Boulder Theater             US 
December 05            Seattle, Wa                 Jazz Alley             US 
December 07            Portland, Or                 True West             US 
December 10            Santa Cruz, Ca             Rio Theater             US 
December 11            Berkeley, Ca                 Zellerbach Hall             US 

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