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The Mahavishnu Project

Back in 1971, when guitar-god John McLaughlin left Miles Davis and (Tony William’s Lifetime) to form the groundbreaking Mahavishnu Orchestra, he was the first to combine the fire of Hendrix-drenched rock with the groove of Coltrane’s modal jazz & the ethereal Indian ragas of Ravi Shankar. The critics called it “jazz rock” (of course it was much more) and the result was nothing less than a musical revolution. The Mahavishnu Orchestra has since been cited as a major influence on everyone from King Crimson to Phish, and was in many ways one of the first electric jam bands. Not surprisingly however, the music of the Mahavishnu Orchestra hasn’t gone on to be covered and re-interpreted by the many bands it has affected, largely due to its extreme technical demands

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Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition

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1st Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music Luslawice/Krakow Poland July 16-19, 2014 He was one of the great jazz virtuosos, right up there some would say with Django Reinhardt, Art Tatum and Charlie Parker. Most frequently, however, he was compared to John ...

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Zach Brock: Purple Sounds

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Virtuosity isn't defined by notes-per-minute; true virtuosity is instrumental mastery surrendering to the demands of the song. Sometimes that can mean shredding with furious intensity, yes; but the real deal also respects music that demands less, rather than more. Violinist Zach Brock is, indeed, the real deal, and Purple Sounds, his second release for Holland's Criss ...

Return to the Emerald Beyond

Label: Cuneiform Records
Released: 2007
Track listing: CD1: Eternity

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The Mahavishnu Project: Return to the Emerald Beyond

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Il gruppo guidato dal batterista Gregg Bendian affronta un compito davvero arduo: riproporre dal vivo l’intero secondo album della seconda edizione della Mahavishnu Orchestra, intitolato Visions of the Emerald Beyond. Un lavoro affascinante, ma non particolarmente fortunato dal punto di vista del successo discografico. Un'opera molto ambiziosa registrata in studio dalla band di John McLaughlin nel ...

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The Mahavishnu Project: Return to the Emerald Beyond

Read "Return to the Emerald Beyond" reviewed by John Kelman

One inherent risk of any tribute band is excessively literal treatment of the material. Since forming the Mahavishnu Project to honor guitarist John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, drummer Gregg Bendian has avoided every possible such pitfall. Bendian views this '70s fusion group's relatively small body of work as repertory alongside music by artists like Miles, ...


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