And this of course brings us to the fabulous, the amazing, the once in a lifetime, the gem , the diamond, the school of all acoustic guitar players – Friday night in san Francisco.
Together with Paco de Lucia, one of my all time idols on guitar, and Al de Meola, Mclaughlin shines, his technique reverberates, bounces of these two great guitarists and compliments the whole concert in a way no other guitarist could have done (and to prove the point the attempts to conjure up the same spirit in other arrangements with other players ended up in masticated second hand, second rate music)
Something in the combination of the three just worked perfectly, flowing, fast, energetic, powerful, harmonious.
My favorite track from that album, Mediterenian sundance is such an amazing feat of fantastic musical joy that it has put mclaughlin in my personal top guitar player list no matter what he did before or after. It was a lifetime of music summed up in six minutes of condensed cultural mix of beauty.