Considered by many critics and fans to be one of the greatest guitar players of all time, John McLaughlin has famously performed with Miles Davis and also with his own historic bands, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Shakti and The Guitar Trio. Through a career spanning four decades, McLaughlin’s reputation and artistry as a virtuoso guitarist and adventurous improviser has remained constant. For the 4th Dimension, he has enlisted multi-instrumentalist Gary Husband to play percussion and keyboards along with Jeff Beck drummer Mark Mondesir. Etienne Mbappé, an extraordinary young bassist from Cameroon, completes the rhythm section. UCLA Live at Royce Hall, 340 Royce Drive, Westwood. Wed., Dec. 1, 8 p.m. $43-83 ($15 for UCLA students) (310) 825-2101, www.uclalive.org.