Mahavishnu Orchestra: Dawn




Mahavishnu Orchestra


The Inner Mounting Flame (Columbia CK 31067)

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John McLaughlin (guitar), Jan Hammer (keyboards),

Jerry Goodman (violin), Rick Laird (bass guitar), Billy Cobham (drums)


Composed by John McLaughlin


Recorded: New York, August 1971


Rating: 98/100 (learn more)

"Dawn" bubbles up with the subtle electric piano of Jan Hammer introducing a new spring day. Billy Cobham provides a solid rhythmic foundation. A steadily intensifying head arrangement, played in unison by Goodman and McLaughlin, merges and fuses with Hammer's delicate morning offering while Rick Laird builds on his bass theme. The refined tension, already inherent in the melody, quickly builds and then resolves as if to give permission for the early-morning fog to lift. McLaughlin's electric solo summons the listener to an ensemble hoedown. Goodman's instrumental skills are especially impressive during his solo, which is supported by McLaughlin's rapid-fire chord structures and Cobham's drumming. The primary theme is revisited to bring this exhilarating day to sunset.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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