01. Thieves And Poets: (McLaughlin)
      Part 1 (12:36), Part 2 (8:18), Part 3 (5:38)
02. My Foolish Heart (5:03) (Ned Washington/Victor Young)
03. The Dolphin (4:16) (Luiz Eca)
04. Stella By Starlight (4:26) (N.Washington/V.Young)
05. My Romance (4:09) (Lorenz Hart/Richard Rodgers)

Total playing time: 44:50

Track 1:
John McLaughlin: Acoustic Guitar
I Pommeriggi Musicali di Milano conducted by Renato Rivolta with featured soloists:
Paul Meyer: Clarinet
Viktoria Mullova: Violin
Matt Haimovitz: Cello
Philippe Loli: Guitar
Bruno Frumento : Timpani

Tracks 2-5:
John McLaughlin: Acoustic Guitar
The Aighetta Quartet:
Olivier Fautrat: Acoustic Guitar
Francois Szonyi: Acoustic Guitar
Alexandre Del Fa: Acoustic Guitar
Philippe Loli: Acoustic Guitar
Helmut Schartlmueller: Acoustic Bass Guitar

Orchestral work: Chief Engineer at Officine Meccaniche Studio (Milan): Paolo Lafelice
1st assistant engineer: Guido Andreani
2nd assistant engineer: Peppe Deangelis

'Thieves & Poets' was mixed at Mediastarz Studio (Monaco) by Marcus Wippersberg
The Four Standards: recorded & mixed at Mediastarz Studio by Marcus Wippersberg
Mastered at MSM-Studios (Muinich) by Christopher Stickel

This brand-new project from the legendary guitarist features an orchestral suite performed by I Pommeriggi Musicali di Milano as well as a number of classic standards. Thieves & Poets marks a welcome return to form by McLaughlin. It is his first new studio album in nearly six years. The new CD begins with the three-part suite 'Thieves & Poets,' which McLaughlin says 'is in a way, a story of my musical journey through life.' The cinematic piece features McLaughlin on acoustic guitar along with the orchestra, conducted by Renato Rivolta.
Also featured on the second & third part of the suite, as well as the album’s four standards, is The Aighetta Quartet (Olivier Fautrat, Francois Szonyi, Alexandre Del Fa, & Philippe Loli). This acoustic guitar group can also be heard on McLaughlin’s 1993 Verve release, Time Remembered: John McLaughlin Plays Bill Evans. Helmut 'Hell' Schartlmueller contributes to the same tracks on acoustic bass guitar.
The album’s four standards are dedicated to four pianists who have influenced McLaughlin. 'My Foolish Heart' for Chick Corea; 'The Dolphin,' to Gonzalo Rubalcaba; 'Stella By Starlight' for Herbie Hancock; & 'My Romance,' to Bill Evans.
John McLaughlin is without question one of the most important guitarists in music history. Born in England, McLaughlin has influenced such jazz/fusion guitar greats as Al DiMeola, Pat Metheny, & John Scofield, due in part to his appearances with artists ranging from Ginger Baker to the great Miles Davis, & even his own trio with DiMeola & Paco de Lucia. He also formed The Mahavishnu Orchestra, one of the greatest fusion outfits of the 1970s. (

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