John McLaughlin: Amy and Joseph
Amy and Joseph
John McLaughlin (guitar, keyboards)
The Promise (Verve 314 529 828-2)
John McLaughlin (guitar, keyboards).
Composed by John McLaughlin; arranged by Jan Maresz.
Recorded: Monaco, 1995
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
I'll never understand the criticism of John McLaughlin that says he is all about just playing guitar really fast. Yes, he can and does. I would argue that when he plays fast he still produces music that is melodically and thematically strong. But the man has also written and performed lush ballads and soundscapes that can take your breath away. They just don't get the attention that the speed burners do. Such a piece is "Amy and Joseph." Preceded by a soothing Dante verse read by Stephanie Bimbi, it is a brief two minutes of pure emotive affection. The song, written for McLaughlin's best friend and his wife, is played on acoustic guitar overdubbed on top of McLaughlin's textured keyboards. You almost can't play guitar as slow or as intimate as this melody sometimes is. "Amy and Joseph" is only two minutes of music, but you get lost in its beauty.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky