MY GOALS BEYOND
Douglas (WNRCD5051 )
Peace One, Peace Two, Goodbye Pork Pie Hat, Something Spiritual, Hearts And Flowers, Phillip Lane, Waltz For Bill Evans, Song For My Mother, Blue In Green.
After John McLaughlin had demonstrated just how he could help to radically change the face of electric jazz guitar on important albums such as Miles Davis' In A Silent Way and Bitches Brew, he recorded My Goal's Beyond, his second solo album in 1970, uniting acoustic jazz standards and original compositions with intricate east/west fusions of Indian rhythms and western jazz/rock modes.
Planting the seeds of John's later band, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, the tracks Peace One and Peace Two are long surging compositions that anticipate his future collaboration with Shakti and how genres of world music would eventually develop and fuse together. Flautist/soprano sax player supreme Dave Leibman and percussionist Airto Maoreira blend faultlessly with Badal Ray's tabla as McLaughlin's acoustic lines flow with a fluid beauty and timelessness that still holds up today.
The other eight pieces are solo versions of original compositions and the jazz standards - Miles' Blue In Green, Chick Corea's Waltz For Bill Evans and a gorgeous version of Mingus's Goodbye Pork Pie Hat.
When it was issued My Goal's Beyond was hailed as a classic and forty years on it hasn't lost any of its original beauty and bite. It is still sublime.
Review Date: July 2010