John McLaughlin: Very Early


Very Early


John McLaughlin (acoustic MIDI guitar)


Time Remembered – John McLaughlin plays Bill Evans (Verve 314 519 861-2)

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John McLaughlin (acoustic MIDI guitar),

The Aighetta Quartet (acoustic Guitars), Jan Maresz (bass)


Recorded: Milan, Italy, March 1993


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

This is one of Bill Evans's most beautiful compositions. McLaughlin's admiration for Evans is well known. He played "Very Early" on his Belo Horizonte album. But he gives it a lengthier treatment on his tribute to Bill Evans, Time Remembered. Performing with a guitar quartet and a bassist, McLaughlin treats the tune as if it were a fragile piece of glass. The overuse of reverb in the recording is a little annoying, but it does not break the spell of this lush lullaby. This is McLaughlin in his most romantic, almost saccharine, bag. There is a great energy nonetheless to his improvised parts. Some people didn't like McLaughlin's heavily arranged "classical" approach to Evan's music on this and other tunes. But my wife loves the album. If my wife can love any album from an electric fusion god, there is hope for us all.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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