John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension release charity single, Lockdown Blues

The song supports the Jazz Foundation of America’s COVID-19 relief fund.

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Fusion guitar maestro John McLaughlin, along with his group the 4th Dimension, has released a new single in support of the Jazz Foundation of America’s COVID-19 Musicians’ Emergency Fund. The piece is entitled Lockdown Blues, take a listen below.

Lockdown Blues marks the ensemble’s first studio recording in five years and was tracked at the individual homes of McLaughlin, keyboardist Gary Husband, bassist Etienne M’Bappe , and drummer Ranjit Barot.

A statement shared on McLaughlin’s page discussed the single and the emergency fund it hopes to benefit – noting that the money would go towards helping musicians and their families cover basic living expenses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The pandemic has thrown hundreds of thousands of musicians out of work,” McLaughlin said, “and nobody knows how long.”

He added: “As a band, we’ve been together so long we’re family. But in fact, we go further back: Humanity is the only family, and we believe the only way humanity will survive is if we care enough for each other.”

“We hope that whoever sees or hears this will care also. So if you donate something – even something really small – thank you.”

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