| Live album by |
The Free Spirits Featuring John McLaughlin
|Recorded||16, 18 December 1993|
|Venue||Blue Note, Tokyo, Japan|
|John McLaughlin chronology|
|All About Jazz||(mixed)|
|The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings|
Tokyo Live is a live jazz album released by The Free Spirits (guitarist John McLaughlin, organist Joey DeFrancesco and drummer Dennis Chambers) on Verve in 1994. Despite the group credit on the sleeve, the record is generally considered to be a McLaughlin solo album.
The album was produced by John McLaughlin; the executive producer was Jean-Philippe Allard. It was recorded live on December 16th and 18th, 1993 at the Blue Note Tokyo jazz club in Tokyo, Japan.
(All pieces composed by John McLaughlin except "No Blues" by Miles Davis)
|1994||Billboard Top Jazz Albums||11|
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