John McLaughlin + Hedvig Mollestad Trio, EFG London Jazz Festival, Royal Festival Hall, Thursday 20 November 2014

John McLaughlin + Hedvig Mollestad Trio, EFG London Jazz Festival, Royal Festival Hall, Thursday 20 November 2014

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Hedvig Mollestad Trio

The Mollestad trio is a powerful trio and opened this memorable evening and played an excellent set with a programme ranging from jazz fusion, psychedelica to sheer hard rock in the vein of Led Zeppelin. This band is gifted and original, led Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen who plays a mean lead guitar, Ellen Brekken plays both bass guitar and double bass and Ivar Loe Bjørnstad plays drums.

Hedvig Mollestad played lead guitar with great passion with Ellen Brekken playing double bass with great effect on a Led Zeppelin influenced hard rock song and Ivar Loe Bjørnstad played an incredibly clever and creative drum solo. This was certainly a fine curtain raiser for what was to come.

The Mollestad Trio are signed to the specialist contemporary Norwegian label, Rune Grammofon and have released a couple of CDs; the latest being Enfant Terrible, which are well worth checking out.

JohnMcLaughlin and 4th Dimension

In 4th Dimension, John McLaughlin assembled an accomplished, creative and fiery band. The tight and incredibly talented unit draws on the musical diversity from all parts of the world. Broadly speaking it is jazz fusion with a hint of blues and the result is quite stunning. The close musical bond between each member is clear to hear and the end result astounding. Along with John McLaughlin is fellow Yorkshire man and talented multi-instrumentalist, Gary Husband who plays keyboards and drums, Etienne M’Bappe born in Douala, Cameroun plays bass guitar and Ranjit Barot, born in India, plays drums.

The energetic and impressive Gary Husband moved swiftly between keyboards and drums. and played superbly throughout. During the set, Gary played an incredibly powerful double drum solo with Ranjit Barot, which totally captivated the audience. Ranjit Barot also played a terrific drum solo unusually with voice which was extraordinary. Etienne M’Bappe’s bass guitar provided a punchy rhythm and another highlight of the evening was his excellent bass guitar solo. John McLaughlin played sublimely throughout and his laid back style of playing guitar makes playing look deceptively easy.

John McLaughlin and 4th Dimension record for Abstract Logic and have released a few albums, the latest being an excellent live album, The Boston Record.

This concert forms part of the excellent EFG Jazz festival which over a period of ten days brings some of the most exciting music through out the world to London.

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