Down Beat - p.805 stars out of 5
-- "This is a case of Indian musicians using their extraordinary skills to explore U.S. fusion, giving the guitarist an amazing platform for compositional/improvisational development."
John McLaughlin: John McLaughlin (guitar, synthesizer, guitar synthesizer).
Personnel: Shankar Mahadevan (vocals); Debashish Bhattacharya (slide guitar); U. Rajesh (electric mandolin); Naveen Kumar (bamboo flute); George Brooks (soprano saxophone); Louis Banks, Loiuz Banks (keyboards); Hadrien Feraud (electric bass, bass guitar); Ranjit Barot (drums); Shashank, Sivamani (percussion); Niladri Kumar.
Recording information: AM Studios, Chennai, India (04/2007).
Unknown Contributor Role: Niladri Kumar.
From his wiry, Eastern-influenced solos on Miles Davis's BITCHES BREW through his world fusion forays with the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Shakti, guitar virtuoso John McLaughlin has always shown a keen interest in Indian music. Some 40 years into his career, that influence still holds sway, as 2009's FLOATING POINT attests. Though the synth guitar and polished production make the album less edgy than some of McLaughlin's work from the 1970s, there's no shortage of stunning instrumental work and bold, brain-bending ideas. Recorded in India with mostly Indian musicans, FLOATING POINT is another impressive notch in the guitar icon's lifelong pursuit of East-West fusion.