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Article: 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 ...

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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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Article: Album Review

Particle: Accelerator

Read "Accelerator" reviewed by Doug Collette


Contrary to prevailing popular opinion, electr(on)ic keyboards are not just for noodling in ever-so-cheesy, toy-like tones. In the hands of the titular leader of Particle, keyboardist/vocalist Steve Molitz, for instance, those instruments are lethal weapons with which, on the group's first album in fourteen years, he sets out to destroy preconceptions about what righteous creations can ...

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News: Event

John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension Begin 2014 Asian Tour

John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension Begin 2014  Asian Tour

Legendary English guitarists John McLaughlin and The 4th Dimension kick off a 15-date Asian tour that will take this highly acclaimed group through nine countries. Beginning on March 11th in Singapore, the 4th Dimension’s tour will take in some of Asia’s most iconic cities before culminating in a special solidarity concert in The Palestinian Territories one ...

News: Recording

Etta James, Sarah Vaughan & Brecker Bros Box Sets Due in August from Legacy

Etta James, Sarah Vaughan & Brecker Bros Box Sets Due in August from Legacy

The ultimate year-round jazz festival from Legacy Recordings continues to set a new industry standard with three new Complete Album Collections from the Sony Music archives family of labels, by the greatest names in modern jazz: THE BRECKER BROTHERS - THE COMPLETE ARISTA ALBUMS COLLECTION (Arista/Legacy) – 8 titles, 8 CDs ETTA JAMES – THE COMPLETE ...

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News: Recording

John McLaughlin's Out of Print "The Promise" to be Reissued November 2

JOHN McLAUGHLIN: THE PROMISE Now available exclusively at www.Hip-OSelect.com and available to all retailers November 2 John McLaughlin is universally recognized as one of the world's greatest guitarists. His pioneering recordings range from his landmark work with Miles Davis and Tony Williams, his own fusion recordings with The Mahavishnu Orchestra and his dazzling solo work in ...

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Article: Album Review

Sebastiaan Cornelissen: U-Turn

Read "U-Turn" reviewed by Mark F. Turner


If there's one weakness in recent fusion releases, it's that they are sometimes too formulaic, with overcooked tempos and melodies that have hardly deviated since the sounds of groundbreaking progenitors such as The Mahavishnu Orchestra and Allan Holdsworth. Where's the creativity and new identity? Well one place it can be heard is in Dutch drummer and ...

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The Noonward Race

Featuring the music of The Mahavishnu Orchestra
Duration: 9:45

The Mahavishnu Orchestra featuring John McLaughlin on guitar perform the Noonward Race live
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Article: Album Review

The Mahavishnu Orchestra: Birds Of Fire

Read "Birds Of Fire" reviewed by John W. Patterson


First off, I shall quote my earliest, “first impressions”, upon receiving this remastered re-release, as a special pre-release demo copy,“WOW!, WOW! and WOW! Superb redo of this classic! This sounds as good as I had hoped it would. Grab it as soon as it is ready for release. Levels are way up, great separation ...

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Article: Album Review

The Mahavishnu Orchestra: The Lost Trident Sessions

Read "The Lost Trident Sessions" reviewed by John W. Patterson


I need not go into the extended history of how the original tapes were misplaced, forgotten, and now unearthed for this long overdue CD release. What seemed to happen was simply a busy band with internal struggles made a session tape and opted to release a live version instead. Some songs never made it to that ...


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