Extrapolation (John McLaughlin, 1969)

Personnel: McLaughlin -- guitar, John Surman -- baritone and soprano sax, Tony Oxley -- drums, Brian Odges -- double bass

All compositions by John McLaughlin

My heartfelt thanks to John Surman, Brian Odges and Tony Oxley for what they gave to this creation.

John McLaughlin

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One of the finest recordings in the jazz history. Completely sums up the styles and idioms of the British jazz, rhythm and blues, and avant-garde and free jazz exercises throughout the sixties. At the same time, points to the directions for future developments.

The music on this album conveys an overall impression of an extremely rare feeling of bitter-sweet (or, in McLaughlin's own words "sad-joy") state of being. The performances are equally odd -- one is left with a feeling that the musicians are simultaneously chiseling a sculpture in stone and painting a delicate watercolor pictures and portraits. Such robust and at the same time extremely fragile handling of musical material has carried on throughout McLaughlin's career, giving a unique stamp of originality to almost all of his creations. However, nowhere has it been more clearly pronounced than on his first album.

1. Extrapolation (2:57)
    Past and present incidences focused into the future

2. It's Funny (4:25)
    Written with the unheard lyrics by the incomparable Dussy Downer, reflecting its opposite result.  Sadjoy 3. Arjen's Bag (4:25)
    Dedicated to one of Holland's greatest musicians and bass players and his bag, which is always where you least expect it. In 11:8 time 4. Pete The Poet (5:00)
    Written for Pete Brown, the amazing poet from London 5. This Is For Us To Share (3:30)
    Dedicated to my true love 6. Spectrum (2:45)
    In praise of light 7. Binky's Beam (7:05)
    This dedicated to Binky McKenzie, one of the greatest bass players, unjustly jailed with his brother Bunny 8. Really You Know (4:25)
    Speaks for itself 9. Two for Two (3:35)
    Excursion into freedom 10. Peace Piece (1:50)
    Dedicated to peace In conclusion, I'd like to strongly suggest to anyone who hasn't heard this album to try and get their hands on it. It is widely available now under the "Nice Price" category. Believe me, it's worth every penny!
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