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John McLaughlin, is an English guitarist, bandleader and composer, widely known for the Mahavishnu Orchestra, his work with Tony William’s group Lifetime, Miles Davis, Shakti, and being on the forefront of jazz and fusion. In the early 1960s, he contributed to several key British groups on the London music scene, including the Graham Bond Quartet, and notably also gave guitar lessons to Jimmy Page. He balanced and mastered a whole range of complex styles of music, experimenting with the many genres of jazz; which he delicately merged with elements of rock, Indian classical music, Western classical music, blues and flamenco. Considered the father of fusion, and a great influence of modern music, McLaughlin has been referred to as ”the best guitarist alive”, by Jeff Beck and Pat Metheny, and Frank Zappa said of McLaughlin that ”A person would be a moron not to appreciate McLaughlin’s technique, the guy has certainly found out how to operate a guitar as if it were a machine gun…” McLaughlin’s albums include: Extrapolation, Devotion, My Goal’s Beyond, Black Light. With Miles Davis: In A Silent Way, Bitches Brew, On the Corner. With Mahavishnu Orchestra: The Inner Mounting Flame, Birds of Fire, Visions of the Emerald Beyond. With The Guitar trio: Friday Night In San Francisco, and the 6 hour long untitled recording with Jimi Hendrix from 1969, to mention a few.
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How the Mahavishnu Orchestra came about
Jimmi Hendrix and their hallucinating loud jam
Eric Clapton in the 1960’s
”El Hombre Que Sabbia”, and Pacco De Lucia
Working with Miles Davis, and what he didn’t wanted
His relationship with Miles
Ending the Mahavishnu Orchestra at the end of 1975