- Released: August 1, 2006
- Label: Verve Fontana
Down Beat - p.923 stars out of 5
-- "McLaughlin is inspired, creating dense vamps in indecipherable odd-metered rhythms that his coterie of drummers and bassists navigate with grace."
JazzTimes - pp.68-69
"[S]onically ambitious. INDUSTRIAL ZEN is a complex fusion outing with a rotating cast of virtuoso players."
- 1.For Jaco
- 2.New Blues Old Bruise
- 3.Wayne's Way
- 4.Just So Only More So
- 5.To Bop or Not to Be (For Michael Brecker)
- 6.Dear Dalai Lama
- 7.Senor C.S.
- 8.Mother Nature
Personnel: John McLaughlin (vocals, guitar, fretless guitar, programming, drum programming); Shankar Mahadevan (vocals); Eric Johnson (guitar); Ada Rovatti, Bill Evans (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Gary Husband (keyboards, drums); Otmaro Ru¡z (synthesizer); Hadrien Feraud, Tony Gray, Matthew Garrison (bass guitar); Mark Mondasir, Dennis Chambers, Vinnie Colaiuta (drums); Zakir Hussain (tabla); Marcus Wippersberg (drum programming).
Widely recognized as one of the most innovative and influential guitar players since the 1960s, John McLaughlin has forged a musical path that has seen him flirt with everything from hard rock to world music. A fusion player in the true sense of the word, McLaughlin continued his progressive stylistic synthesis on 2006's INDUSTRIAL ZEN. While the guitarist is also known for his meditative work (especially his experiments with Indian music), INDUSTRIAL ZEN is something of a return to the jazz fusion that marked McLaughlin's work with Miles Davis and his own group the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Drummer Dennis Chambers, saxophonist Bill Evans, and guitar virtuoso Eric Johnson, among others, are on hand to lend sparks to the icon's six-string wizardry.