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John McLaughlin & The Mahavishnu Orchestra (1969 - 1972)

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British guitarist John McLaughlin contributed to creating the bold new sound of Miles Davis's great proto-fusion works, In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew. He was a member of what could be the first great fusion band, Tony Williams' Lifetime, and then founded what Ben Ratliff describes as “the ideal band for the time," the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Playlist Host Intro 0:00 John McLaughlin Quartet “Binky's Beam" from Extrapolation (Polydor) 3:31 John McLaughlin Quartet “Peace Piece" from Extrapolation (Polydor) ...

ALBUM REVIEW

John McLaughlin Shankar Mahadevan Zakir Hussain: Is That So?

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When mandolinist Uppalapu Srinivas passed away in 2014 it seemed to signal the end of Remember Shakti. A great loss to music on both scores. Five years later, in early 2019, the band reformed with violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan for a one- off concert in India, sparking a new lease of life for the band. And many, no doubt, will eagerly seize upon this John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain and Shankar Mahadevan project as a scaled down Remember Shakti. After all, from ...

ALBUM REVIEW

John McLaughlin: John McLaughlin and Jimmy Herring - Live in San Francisco

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If you're a concert-goer of a certain age (and ilk), 2017 and early 2018 have proven fairly remarkable. Whether “last waltzes," overdue reunions or just plain old-school tenacity, many titans and heroes of the jazz-rock/prog era--such as Brand X, King Crimson, Soft Machine and The Dixie Dregs--have been making the rounds in some major markets and stomping the terra. But foremost among them all may have been the John McLaughlin / Jimmy Herring Meeting of the Spirits tour.

INTERVIEW

John McLaughlin on the Mystery of Creativity, Inspiration, & Music

Read "John McLaughlin on the Mystery of Creativity, Inspiration, & Music" reviewed by Alan Bryson

Improvised music within a sophisticated framework is one if the primary hallmarks of jazz. World class improvisation requires split second reactions, mental agility, dexterity, and the emotive soul of an artist. As a testament to his age defying vitality, on January 29, 2018 at the age of 76, John McLaughlin won a Grammy® Award for the Best Improvised Jazz Solo at the 60th Annual Grammy® Awards. This was his pitch perfect acceptance: “Winning a Grammy is a wonderful ...

YEAR IN REVIEW

10 Most Read Articles: 2017

Read "10 Most Read Articles: 2017" reviewed by Michael Ricci

All About Jazz tracks how often an article is read, and the articles listed below represent our top ten published in 2017. Interview John McLaughlin's American Farewell Tour with Jimmy Herring by Alan Bryson Published: September 5, 2017 Building a Jazz Library Forget Old Europe: 15 European Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About by Enrico Bettinello Published: August 16, 2017 DVD/Film Reviews Bill ...

LIVE REVIEW

Meeting of the Spirits: John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring at the Michigan Theater

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Jimmy Herring and The Invisible Whip + John McLaughlin and The 4th Dimension Meeting of the Spirits Tour Michigan Theater Ann Arbor, Michigan November 15, 2017 When it comes to virtuosi, guitarist John McLaughlin ranks high in the jazz fusion world. Having the early fortune to connect with legendary drummer Tony Williams upon arriving in New York from his native England, McLaughlin's spirited approach found favor among both rock and jazz devotees. As the ...

LIVE REVIEW

John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring Meeting of the Spirits at Lincoln Theatre

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Jimmy Herring and The Invisible WhipJohn McLaughlin and The 4th Dimension Lincoln Theatre Meeting of the Spirits Tour Washington, DC November 11, 2017 In the late 1960s, the bluesy electric soul music of Jimi Hendrix and the funk of Sly and the Family Stone began to influence Miles Davis, whose subsequent seminal Bitches Brew album (subtitled New Directions In Music) began a genre known as jazz fusion. The guitar virtuoso who helped bring ...


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