Floating Point

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Floating Point
Outer space-themed black/blue image: has John McLaughlin then Floating Point on it in a white sci-fi font
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 20, 2008 (2008-05-20)
RecordedApril 2007
StudioAM Studios, Chennai, India
GenreJazz
LabelAbstract Logix
ProducerJohn McLaughlin
John McLaughlin chronology
Industrial Zen
(2006)
Floating Point
(2008)
Five Peace Band Live
(2009)

Floating Point is an album by John McLaughlin, released in 2008 through the record label Abstract Logix.[1] The album reached number fourteen on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums chart.[2]

Regarding the recording, McLaughlin commented: "while this CD features predominantly Indian musicians, we are in quite another form compared to the group Shakti... The music is for the most part 'Jazz-Fusion' if a label has to be put on it. But with the musicians involved in this project, it has also a 'world' kind of atmosphere."[3] Concerning the album title, McLaughlin remarked: "Every now and then a group of musicians will gel together in such an incredible way, and at that point it's like you lose normal gravity... you've got your own gravity happening and you're kind of like floating with the other guys."[4]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]
DownBeat[5]
All About Jazz[6]
The Guardian[7]

Michael G. Nastos of AllMusic called the album "a surprisingly fine effort, ebbing and flowing from track to track, with McLaughlin's high-level musicianship shining through, same as it ever was."[1]

In a 5-star review for DownBeat, Ken Micallef commented: "this brilliant collective plays as a single unit, not a band of hired studio guns... This is a case of Indian musicians using their extraordinary skills to explore U.S. fusion, giving the now 70-year-old guitarist an amazing platform for compositional/improvisational development. This is a landmark recording, marked by detail, subtlety and extraordinarily moving performances."[5]

John Kelman in All About Jazz wrote "One of the most fluent, evocative and powerful albums in a career filled with high points," and concluded: "McLaughlin's Indian friends may not have jazz in their blood the way it is in the guitarist's, but by approaching unmistakably western-informed music with an eastern mindset, they make Floating Point an album that, in McLaughlin's lengthy discography, is one of his most successful fusion records".[6]

Writing for The Guardian, John Fordham awarded the album 5 stars, and stated: "this boiling new set sounds as if it's driven at least as much by cutting-edge Indian crossover musicians as by McLaughlin himself... this is 99% an absolute cracker, and not just for guitar nuts either."[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by John McLaughlin

  1. "Abbaji (For Alla Rakha)" – 9:01
  2. "Raju" – 8:21
  3. "Maharina" – 6:09
  4. "Off the One" – 6:55
  5. "The Voice" – 9:19
  6. "Inside Out" – 8:30
  7. "1 4 U" – 7:07
  8. "Five Peace Band" – 7:06

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Nastos, Michael G. "Floating Point – John McLaughlin : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved May 13, 2011.
  2. ^ "Floating Point: Charts & Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved May 13, 2011.
  3. ^ "John McLaughlin: Floating Point". Abstract Logix. Retrieved February 23, 2022.
  4. ^ Milkowski, Bill (April 3, 2008). "Bill Milkowski Talks About Floating Point". JohnMcLaughlin.com. Retrieved February 23, 2022.
  5. ^ a b Micallef, Ken (September 2008). "John McLaughlin: Floating Point". DownBeat. p. 80.
  6. ^ a b Kelman, John (May 26, 2008). "John McLaughlin: Floating Point". allaboutjazz.com. Retrieved October 27, 2013.
  7. ^ a b Fordham, John (June 26, 2008). "John McLaughlin: Floating Point". The Guardian. Retrieved February 22, 2022.