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Top Ten List

Top Jazz-Rock Fusion Recordings

Read "Top Jazz-Rock Fusion Recordings" reviewed by Douglas Groothuis


The emergence of jazz-rock fusion in American music in the late 1960s was controversial. To some, those who played it were traitors to the cause of jazz. Others thought it has saved jazz from extinction. Sometime in the 1960s, rock had eclipsed jazz in popularity in America, and many jazz aficionados were none too happy about that. Even folk had gone electric when Bob Dylan plugged in his guitar at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965. At that, some shouted ...

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Album Review

Mahavishnu Orchestra: Apocalypse

Read "Apocalypse" reviewed by Julian Derry


Well, there's not much to say about the new release of Apocalypse. Well, not as much as many Mahavishnu fans had hoped; rumours of a long awaited and much needed remastering of this legendary album, making the rounds of the mailing lists were alas, premature. So what is this CD? Answer: it's the exact same, level-for-level digital copy as Sony (né Columbia)'s previous release--slapping the audio files into your favourite audio comparison remastering detection software, and positioning the track profiles ...

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Book Review

Walter Kolosky: Power, Beauty and Passion - The Story of the Legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra

Read "Walter Kolosky: Power, Beauty and Passion - The Story of the Legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Power, Passion and Beauty: The Story of the Legendary Mahavishnu OrchestraWalter KoloskyPages: 325ISBN:978-0-9761016-8-0 Self-published e-book2012Walter Kolosky's Power, Passion and Beauty: The Story of the Legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra (Abstract Logix Books, 2005) now finds its way into e-book format, which is good news for trees as well as for die-hard Mahavishnu Orchestra fans. In the interval since publication of the original book, Kolosky has conducted further interviews with members ...

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Film Review

Mahavishnu Orchestra: Live at Montreux 1984/1974

Read "Mahavishnu Orchestra: Live at Montreux 1984/1974" reviewed by John Kelman


With the completion of legendary guitarist John McLaughlin's 2007 tour with his new group The 4th Dimension--his first fusion tour in North America in nearly a decade, there are plenty of opportunities to reexamine the tour in the context of earlier groups. While for some, the litmus test will always be his first, groundbreaking Mahavishnu Orchestra that recorded the classic The Inner Mounting Flame (Columbia, 1971), the truth is that McLaughlin has continued to evolve in a myriad of contexts. ...

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Book Review

Power, Passion And Beauty: The Story Of The Legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra

Read "Power, Passion And Beauty: The Story Of The Legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra" reviewed by Marco Anderson


Power, Passion And Beauty: The Story Of The Legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra Walter Kolosky Paperback; 313 pages ISBN 0-9761016-2-9 Abstract Logix Books 2005

Before the corporate whitewash of the disco plague obliterated a golden age of musical creativity, there was a time when artists with a musical vision, fired by spiritual fervour, could reach a global audience with the full backing of a multi national record label.

Fuelled by previously unheard ...

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Book Review

Power, Passion and Beauty: The Story of the Legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra

Read "Power, Passion and Beauty: The Story of the Legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra" reviewed by John Kelman


Power, Passion and Beauty: The Story of the Legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra Walter Kolosky Paperback; 313 pages ISBN 0-9761016-2-9 Abstract Logix Books 2005 Anyone who's old enough to have experienced the Mahavishnu Orchestra's debut The Inner Mounting Flame (Columbia/Legacy, 1971) when it was first released knew--whether they liked it or not, whether they understood it or not--that a sudden and monumental shift in modern music had just taken ...

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Album Review

Mahavishnu Orchestra: Visions of the Emerald Beyond

Read "Visions of the Emerald Beyond" reviewed by Walter Kolosky


Visions of the Emerald Beyond is the most-overlooked and under-appreciated recording John McLaughlin has ever made. This album, released in 1975, features an expanded Mahavishnu line-up that went beyond a horn and string section to include the dynamic Narada Michael Walden on drums and fusion superstar Jean Luc Ponty on violin.This album is drenched in a new sort of funkiness that McLaughlin had not explored in previous Mahavishnu recordings.“Eternity's Breath" opens the album, and right away ...


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