Likewise, the other original members eventually came on board with the Mahavishnu Project. "I had given copies of our CDs to [drummer] Billy Cobham and initially there was some skepticism on his part. But eventually he came around and is now positive about the band. [Keyboardist] Jan Hammer has been very supportive. He and [bassist] Rick Laird saw us playing the entire Inner Mounting Flame at the first Vishnufest. Jan got up on stage afterwards, as John had the night before and addressed the audience saying, 'This is a great pleasure and honor to be here and hear this happening. These guys are continuing what we were doing.'"
In fact, Hammer would later hire The Mahavishnu Project to be his band at MoogFest 2006his first appearance in over 15 years and the ultimate endorsement of the project's handle on the music.
Cecil Taylor, In Florescence (A&M, 1989)
Peter Brötzmann/William Parker/Gregg Bendian, Sacred ScrapeSecret Response (Rastascan, 1992)
Gregg Bendian, Research (Aggregate, 1994-2004)
Gregg Bendian's Interzone, Requiem for Jack Kirby (Atavistic, 2000)
Gregg Bendian's Trio Pianissimo, Change (Aggregate, 2005)
Mahavishnu Project, Return to the Emerald Beyond (Cuneiform, 2006)