The Promise (John McLaughlin album)

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The Promise
John McLaughlin The Promise.jpg
Studio album by
Released21 December 1995
Recorded1995
GenreJazz
Length73:39
LabelVerve
ProducerJohn McLaughlin, Eddie Kramer
John McLaughlin chronology
After the Rain
(1994)
The Promise
(1995)
The Guitar Trio
(1996)

The Promise is a jazz album released in 1995 by John McLaughlin on Verve Records. The album peaked number 4 in the Billboard Top Jazz Albums chart 1996.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by John McLaughlin; except where indicated

  1. "Django" (John Lewis) – 7:24
  2. "Thelonius Melodius" – 5:22
  3. "Amy and Joseph" – 2:28
  4. "No Return" – 7:20
  5. "El Ciego" – 9:10
  6. "Jazz Jungle" – 14:45
  7. "The Wish" – 8:39
  8. "English Jam" (Vinnie Colaiuta, John McLaughlin, Sting) – 1:12
  9. "Tokyo Decadence" – 0:39
  10. "Shin Jin Rui" – 10:47
  11. "The Peacocks" (Jimmy Rowles) – 5:53

Personnel[edit]

Musicians
Guest Artists
Production staff
  • Jean-Philippe Allard – executive producer
  • René Ameline – engineer
  • Philippe Arnal – assistant engineer
  • Adam Blackburn – assistant engineer
  • Steve Cook – assistant engineer
  • Max Costa – arranger, engineer, mixing
  • Gustav Hobel – engineer
  • Sven Hoffman – assistant engineer
  • Ken Jones – engineer
  • Eddie Kramer – engineer, producer
  • Alberto Mayer – cover design
  • John McLaughlin – assistant engineer, mixing, producer
  • Simon Osborne – assistant engineer
  • Maurice Ouazana – engineer
  • Christian Pégand – production coordination
  • Ed Rak – engineer
  • Christian Rose – photography

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]
All About Jazz(favorable)[3]

Allmusic gave it four stars and reviewer Thom Jurek states "Ultimately, The Promise stands as one of McLaughlin's towering achievements as a guitarist and leader." Walter Koslosky in his AllAboutJazz review classifies The Promise "a potpourri of musical styles and performers. Yet, despite its disparate compositions and styles, the record manages to be a cohesive work of art. ... Bravo!"[3]

Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1996 Billboard Top Jazz Albums 4[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Promise - John McLaughlin | Awards | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  2. ^ Jurek, Thom. The Promise at AllMusic. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  3. ^ a b Kolosky, Walter (20 November 2002). "John McLaughlin: The Promise". allaboutjazz.com. Retrieved 30 May 2013.