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John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra is considered by many to be the greatest Jazz-fusion group of all time. The group was formed in late 1970-early 1971 by McLaughlin, a brilliant guitarist with a jazz-rock pedigree that included work with the Graham Bond Organization in the mid-60s, and with the electrified Miles Davis on his landmark "Bitches Brew" LP in 1969. The original Orchestra included Jan Hammer (later to score TV's "Miami Vice") on keyboards, Jerry Goodman on violin, Rick Laird on bass, and Billy Cobham on drums. Signed with much hoopla to Columbia in 1971, they released two fabulous studio albums, “Inner Mounting Flame,” (’71) and “Birds of Fire,” (’72) along with a live ‘73 album, “Between Nothingness and Eternity.” A reformation of the group in 1974 brought Jean-Luc Ponty on board to play violin, Gayle Moran on keyboards and vocals, Ralphe Armstrong on bass, and drummer Michael Warden


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Ragawerk: Ragawerk

Read "Ragawerk" reviewed by Chris May

Fusions of jazz and Indian raga go back to the mid-1950s, when the London-based Indian composer John Mayer began experimenting with the concept and, in the early 1960s, went on to form Indo-Jazz Fusions with the alto saxophonist Joe Harriott. Meanwhile, across the pond, John Coltrane became so fascinated with raga that he named his son ...


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A nostalgic visit to early Jazz-Rock-Fusion 1973-1982

Read "A nostalgic visit to early Jazz-Rock-Fusion 1973-1982" reviewed by Len Davis

A nostalgic trip to the years 1973-1982 with Pat Metheny Group, Weather Report, Brand X, Isotope, Didier Lockwood, Gary Boyle, Jean-Luc Ponty and the Mahavishnu Orchestra.Playlist Pat Metheny Group “The Epic" from American Garage (ECM) 00:00 Weather Report “Dara Factor One" from Weather Report (CBS) 09:41 Brand X “Dance Of The Illegal Aliens" from ...

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John McLaughlin: Where Fortune Smiles

Read "Where Fortune Smiles" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

L'invito che Tony Williams fece a John McLaughlin, chiamandolo a New York per far partire l'intensa avventura musicale denominata 'Tony Williams Lifetime,' arrivò proprio quando lo stesso McLaughlin aveva magicamente trovato un suo punto di equilibro. Dopo aver lasciato intravedere interessanti bagliori nell'eccellente disco Things We Like di Jack Bruce (registrato a Londra a fine agosto ...


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The Montreux Years with John McLaughlin, Gary Husband with The Trackers

Read "The Montreux Years with John McLaughlin, Gary Husband with  The Trackers" reviewed by Len Davis

Jaco Pastorius Live at Montreal, Stick Men, Jan Gunnar Hoff, and Mike Stern. Playlist Mahavishnu Orchestra “Radio Activity" from The Montreaux Years ( BMG) 00:00 Jaco Pastorius “Donna Lee" from Live at Montreal (Timeline) 07:19 Yang “Words" from Designed For Disaster (Cuneiform) 14:48 Gary Husband -Alf Terje Hana “All I Need" from The Trackers ...


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Old And New Music From Miles Davis, Champian Fulton, Mahavishnu Orchestra & Others

Read "Old And New Music From Miles Davis, Champian Fulton, Mahavishnu Orchestra & Others" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This show features a wide variety of new and old jazz, including piano music from Dabin Ryu and Marcin Wasilewski, vocals from Marty Elkins and Champian Fulton and a live track from Birth of the Cool-era Miles Davis. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & ...


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Charlie Mariano, Al Di Meola, Stanley Clarke, Return To Forever and Mahavishnu Orchestra

Read "Charlie Mariano, Al Di Meola, Stanley Clarke, Return To Forever and Mahavishnu Orchestra" reviewed by Len Davis

From 1977 we play music from Charlie Mariano, from 1985 Al Di Meola with Elegant Gypsy-Live and More. Return To Forever, Stanley Clarke and the Mahavishnu Orchestra.Playlist Gene Lake “Grace Under Pressure" from Cycles (Passin' Thru) 00:00 Charlie Mariano “Helen 12 Trees" from Helen 12 Trees (Edel) 07:14 Al Di Meola “Senor Mouse" from ...


50 Ans De FIP

Label: [PIAS] Le Label
Released: 2021
Track listing: FIP50 1970's; Wholesome Love; Jessica; Song To The Siren; Nine By Nine; Mètché Nèw; Chrysler; Light My Fire; The Harder They Come; Can't Stand Your Funk; The Passenger; Mr Bojangles; Good Bye Sweet Pops; Ballade De Melody Nelson; Because The Night; Ponta De Lança Africano; Larf And Sing; What's Happening Brother; Old World; Équinoxe Pt. 4; FIP50 1980's; Throw It Away; La Vraie Chanteuse de Jazz; I Won't Feel Bad; Sugar Sugar; This Old World's Too Funky For Me; The Blue Millionaire; Brigadier Sabari; Forest Fire; Lady CB; On M'a Oublié; Golden Brown; To France; Tip Toe Through The Tulips; Born In Xixax; Rue Barbare; Danger; Mr. Cab Driver; La Alhambra; FIP50 1990's; Cold Blooded Old Times; X-Ray Style; C'est la Vie; Ondulé; I-76; Candela; Soukora; Peace And Tranquility To The Earth; The Wind; Ya Rayah (Version Radio); Echo And Bounce; Asleep From Day; Walkin' After Midnight; Ease Your Feet In The Sea; All I Need; Au Mont Sans-Souci; The Booklovers; FIP50 2000's; Black Eyes; Did'nt Leave Nobody But The Baby; Au Port; Bonjour !; Rose Rouge; Spoons; Bag Lady; Est-ce Que Tu Aimes ?; Romantic; On Verra Ça; Again; Lovely Head; Seydou; Una Musica Brutal; Tutto Va Bene; Acid Food; When We Embraced; Heaven Can Wait; FIP50 2010's; Wrong Faces; Vivre Sur La Route; Goca Dünya; Liquid Spirit; Miss Chang; Lonesome Hunter; Si Tu Reviens; Sad Sun; Let Me Go!; The Magic; Bones; Le Shack À Chuck; The Flow; Were We Once Lovers?; Brother Sparrow; Dans Mon Piano Droit; Don't You Forget It; Selfish; On Your Way Down; Silbo;


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Rick Laird, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Horace Arnold, Tom Kennedy and Chick Corea

Read "Rick Laird, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Horace Arnold, Tom Kennedy and Chick Corea" reviewed by Len Davis

Bassist Rick Laird left us on July 4th this year. Today we pay tribute to another fine musician, who has contributed much to music. We feature his work with The Mahavishnu Orchestra as well as with Joe Henderson and Horace Arnold. More recent releases from Gabor Lesko and Jeff Lorber. A re-issue from the 1979 Live ...


Article: BackTracks

Live, Eclectic, And Electrifying

Read "Live, Eclectic, And Electrifying" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

Live albums. Love them, hate them, they are definitely a different animal from the studio album. It may be argued--especially with all of the tools available currently--that the “studio" recording is the means by which music can be crafted and honed into the most accurate representation of the artist's vision. And yes, live albums can be ...


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