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Six years in the making, Is That So? is one of legendary guitarist John McLaughlin’s deepest and most profound musical collaborations with prolific Indian composer and vocalist Shankar Mahadevan. Joining the duo is their life-long friend and musical brother Ustad Zakir Hussain on the tabla, who has been collaborating with John since they founded Shakti in the early ’70s, acknowledged by most to be the first groundbreaking crossover East-West musical group.

John McLaughlin’s cautionary, humble words in a CD liner note suggest some nervousness about how his synth guitar might be received. He needn’t have worried. Is that So? is an entrancing album of songs with the spirited guitarist lending great presence.