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Mahavishnu Project: Phase 2

Read "Mahavishnu Project: Phase 2" reviewed by Andrey Henkin

Mahavishnu Project Phase Two Aggregate Music

Being a Mahavishnu Orchestra (MO) cover band is a vastly different undertaking than playing the music of, say, Led Zeppelin or the Grateful Dead. By and large, those who would come to see a band like this (sticking to the first and only worthwhile incarnation) are not drunken yahoos yearning for a few familiar chord changes. This is complex, spiritual music that requires near-perfect execution just to be credible. To ...

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Mahavishnu Project: Mahavishnu Project- Live Bootleg

Read "Mahavishnu Project-  Live Bootleg" reviewed by Walter Kolosky

Over thirty years ago, John McLaughlin and his Mahavishnu Orchestra shocked the jazz and rock music world with their highly volatile electric fusion explosions. Now this music is being reprised by The Mahavishnu Project, a tribute band which recently released a live album. Recorded on tour directly from the house soundboards, Live Bootleg offers a raw, vigorous, and heartfelt homage to the true supergroup of jazz-rock fusion.The MP consists of superb players who are all well established on ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Mahavishnu Project: Live Bootleg

Read "Live Bootleg" reviewed by Todd S. Jenkins

The old soul classic pretty well says it all: “Ain't nothin' like the real thing, baby." In this era of repertory projects, from Henry Kaiser and Leo Smith's Yo Miles! to Ken Vandermark's assays of Sun Ra and Albert Ayler, it seems only logical that some die-hard fusion fans would revisit the legacy of John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra. Given the unparalleled technical might of that ensemble, it's a Sisyphean task to try and recreate an nth of the Mahavishnu spirit. ...


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