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John McLaughlin

John McLaughlin

Born: 4th January 1942, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England

Nationality: British

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John McLaughlin frequently known as Mahavishnu John, is an English guitarist, bandleader, and composer. A pioneer of jazz fusion, his music combines elements of jazz with rock, world music, Indian classical music, Western classical music, flamenco, and blues. After contributing to several key British groups of the early 1960s, McLaughlin made Extrapolation, his first album as a bandleader, in 1969. He then moved to the U.S., where he played with drummer Tony Williams's group Lifetime and then with Miles Davis on his electric jazz fusion albums In a Silent Way, Bitches Brew, Jack Johnson, and On the Corner. His 1970s electric band, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, performed a technically virtuosic and complex style of music that fused electric jazz and rock with Indian influences.

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Classic Recordings, Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin, Paco de Lucía - Friday Night in San Francisco

Matt wishes he could be transported back to The Warfield Theatre, 5 December, 1980, as he looks back on one of his favourite records, Friday Night in San Francisco, featuring three of the great guitar maestros on top of their game, making for a breath-taking live record.

Recording of the Week, John McLaughlin, 'Liberation Time'

The veteran jazz fusion guitarist offers his take on the 'lockdown album', recorded with a hand-picked selection of international musicians.

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