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John McLaughlin

John McLaughlin, also Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, is a jazz fusion guitar player from Doncaster, Yorkshire in England. He came to prominence with the electric group of Miles Davis in the late 1960s, and with other well- known players such as Chick Corea and Tony Williams.

Before moving to the United States, McLaughlin recorded Extrapolation (with Tony Oxley and John Surman) in 1969. The album showcased McLaughlin as a guitarist of great technical virtuosity, power, speed, and inventiveness (such as the ability to play in odd meters).

He moved to the United States in 1969 to join Tony Williams's group Lifetime

Is That So?

Label: Abstract Logix
Released: 2020
Track listing: Kabir; Sakhi; Tara; The Search; The Guru; The Beloved.

New Jazz From London: Top 20 Paradigm Shifting Albums

Read "New Jazz From London: Top 20 Paradigm Shifting Albums" reviewed by Chris May

After a lifetime trying to get on an equal footing with its American parent, British jazz has finally come of age. Since around 2015, a community of young, London-based musicians has forged a style which, while anchored in the American tradition, reflects the Caribbean and African cultural heritages of many of its vanguard players. The scene ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A tribute to Tony Allen plus some new releases

Read "A tribute to Tony Allen plus some new releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week a tribute to the great Nigeria drummer, percussionist and songwriter Tony Allen. One of the main collaborators, and musical director, of Fela Kuti's band Africa '70 from 1968 to 1979, he was a central figure in Afrobeat music. In later years he embraced a variety of musical styles, developed “Afrofunk" and worked with a ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

John McLaughlin & The Mahavishnu Orchestra (1969 - 1972)

Read "John McLaughlin & The Mahavishnu Orchestra (1969 - 1972)" reviewed by Russell Perry

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 ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Russian Guitar Virtuoso Roman Miroshnichenko Nominated In The 18th Independent Music Awards

Russian Guitar Virtuoso Roman Miroshnichenko Nominated In The 18th Independent Music Awards

Multi-Award winning guitarist, bandleader and producer Roman Miroshnichenko was named by Music Resource Group (MRG) today as a Nominee in The 18th annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs). Nominated for the Best Compilation Album Category Roman's latest album “Top 10 Songs of 10 Years (Anthology)"—a compilation of ten selected original Award-winning compositions composed, produced and recorded ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Jimmy Haslip: Amperes Beyond the BASSics, Part 2

Read "Jimmy Haslip: Amperes Beyond the BASSics, Part 2" reviewed by Jim Worsley

In case you missed it, Part One of my conversation with Jimmy Haslip covered a lot of ground and had a few good laughs along the way. Although we talked about the Yellowjackets, we delved more deeply into why and how he parted ways with the band some eight years ago. Haslip has been producing records ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dave Liebman: Earth

Read "Earth" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

It's taken over two tumultuous decades for Dave Liebman to fully realize and execute his poetic, elemental suite. Alongside Pat Metheny,Billy Hart, and Cecil McBee, Water: Giver of Life (Arkadia Jazz, 1997) birthed the the long journey. Teaming with violinist/sound engineer Walter Quintus for 2006's Air (Finetunes) led to 2016's free-jazz flame torch with Dave Holland, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jason Kao Hwang & Karl Berger: Conjure

Read "Conjure" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

There is an adventurer's appeal when two free thinkers just pick up mid-stream and let the river carry them. Without label or structure constraint, life-preservers and the chronic happenstance which bars so many back from reaching beyond themselves, music emerges shaded by emotional time, humor, awareness, and mutual respect for each other's untapped potential.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

John McLaughlin Shankar Mahadevan Zakir Hussain: Is That So?

Read "Is That So?" reviewed by Ian Patterson

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, ...


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