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Begin jaren 70 vergaarde John McLaughlin bekendheid als fusion-gitarist en leider van The Mahavishnu Orchestra.
Op zijn 11e jaar begon hij met gitaarspelen, aanvankelijk werd hij geinspireerd door de blues en swing.
Aan het begin van zijn muziekcariere werkte hij samen met Alexis Korner, Graham Bond, Ginger Baker en vele anderen. Zijn eerste album werd meteen een klassieker; Extrapolation uit 1969.
In 1969 nam Miles Davis 2 tracks op waarop McLaughlin te horen is: In a Silent Way en Bitches Brew.
In 1971 richte McLaughlin The Mahavishnu Orchestra op, een sterke formatie die klonk als een ruige rockband maar met avandgardistische jazzimprovisaties. Na 3 invloedrijke albums, The Inner Mounting Flame, Birds of Fire en Between Nothingness and Eternity, viel de band in 1973 uiteen.
McLaughlin, die tussendoor nog even een heftig spiritueel album met Carlos Santana maakte (Love Devotion Surrender), stelde in 1974 een nieuw Mahavishnu Orchestra samen, dat ondanks het meespelen van violist Jean-Luc Ponty, niks werd en in 1975 weer ophield te bestaan. Daarna verraste McLaughlin de muzikale wereld door in de groep Shakti, Indiase muziek te gaan spelen op akoustische gitaar. Gedurende die 3 jaar had hij veel invloed op de toen in zijn kinderschoenen staande wereldmuziek.
Vervolgens speelt McLaughlin in diverse samenstellingen diverse muziekgenres, hij blijft expirimenteren en vernieuwen, voortdurend switchend tussen de akoustische en de electrische gitaar.

John McLaughlin was an innovative fusion guitarist when he led the Mahavishnu Orchestra and continued living up to his reputation as a phenomenal and consistently inquisitive player through the years.
He started on guitar when he was 11 and was initially inspired by blues and swing players.
McLaughlin worked with Alexis Korner, Graham Bond, Ginger Baker, and others. His first album was a classic (1969′s Extrapolation).
In 1969, McLaughlin appeared on two classic Miles Davis records: In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew.
In 1971, McLaughlin formed the Mahavishnu Orchestra, a very powerful group often thought of as rock but having the sophisticated improvisations of jazz. After three influential albums (The Inner Mounting Flame, Birds of Fire, and Between Nothingness and Eternity), the group disbanded in 1973.
McLaughlin, who recorded a powerful spiritual album with Carlos Santana that was influenced by John Coltrane, put together a new Mahavishnu Orchestra in 1974 that, despite the inclusion of Jean-Luc Ponty, failed to catch on and broke up by 1975.
McLaughlin then surprised the music world by radically shifting directions, switching to acoustic guitar and playing Indian music with his group Shakti. They made a strong impact on the world music scene (which was in its infancy) during their three years.
McLaughlin then went back and forth between electric and acoustic guitars.

John McLaughlin
4 januari 1942, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, Engeland

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