Down Beat - 11/95, p.464.5 Stars
- Very Good/Excellent - "...McLaughlin plays with a dazzling sense of time and resourcefulness, ordering the notes just so in testimony to the acuity of his musical reasoning....there's a certain piety to his playing, measured and unobtrusive, that appears to emanate from deep inside..."
Personnel: John McLaughlin (guitar); Joey DeFrancesco (Hammond B-3 organ); Elvin Jones (drums).
Recorded at Clinton Studios, New York on October 4-5, 1994.
Personnel: John McLaughlin (guitar); Joey DeFrancesco (organ); Elvin Jones (drums).
Audio Mixer: Max Costa.
Recording information: Clinton Recording Studios, Inc., New York, NY (10/04/1994/10/05/1994).
Photographers: Arthur Elgort; Cheung Ching Ming.
British guitarist John McLaughlin's spiritual initiation into the American jazz scene came as a member of drummer Tony Williams' Lifetime--as futuristic an organ trio as you'd ever want to hear. During their two years together, Williams, McLaughlin and organist Larry Young scandalized the jazz and rock communities alike, yet what they documented on EMERGENCY and TURN IT OVER endures as a visionary paradigm of collective improvisation.
On AFTER THE RAIN, McLaughlin reintroduces the trio format (with Hammond organ wizard Joey DeFrancesco), and pays homage to one of his major influences, John Coltrane, by collaborating with Trane's legendary drummer, Elvin Jones. In "Afro Blue," McLaughlin's single-note phrasing and sudden rhythmic outbursts reflect his affinity for Trane's approach, while he performs the ballad "Naima" with tender understatement. The whole band really comes together on "Tones for Elvin Jones." DeFrancesco's voluble solo sets the pace, and McLaughlin responds with patient thematic development, until he finally whips out some trademark runs, rousing Jones to a fine emotional lather.