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John McLaughlin

John McLaughlinAKA John Mclaughlin

Born: 4-Jan-1942
Birthplace: Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Jazz Musician

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Influential jazz/fusion guitarist

Renowned as one of the most technically proficient guitarists in the world, John McLaughlin began to carve his niche in music through work in blues outfits with names such as Alexis Korner, Graham Bond, and Ginger Baker. Eventually, he moved beyond blues into experiments with free music, the results of which were first publically released on his album, 1969's Extrapolation.

Later in 1969, McLaughlin moved to New York and -- through his involvement in the band Lifetime -- was introduced to Miles Davis. Participation in two vital Davis recordings followed: In A Silent Way and Bitches Brew. This venture into jazz fusion led to the guitarist forming Mahavishnu Orchestra in 1971, which combined jazz and rock with the melodies and rhythms of traditional Indian music. It was with Mahavishnu that McLaughin fully established his reputation of remarkable technical prowess, working with players whose own considerable skills allowed him to stretch out. The band recorded three highly-regarded albums before personality clashes brought things to an end in 1973; a new line-up appeared in 1974 but then dissolved in 1975.

After the dissolution of Mahavishnu Orchestra, McLaughlin put together the acoustic band Shakti, one of the first practitioners of what has since come to be referred to as "world music". In the years since the break-up of Shakti, McLaughlin has moved between electric and acoustic settings, briefly reforming Mahavishnu in 1984 and touring in the 90s with an acoustic jazz trio.

    Mahavishnu Orchestra Guitarist (1971-73, 1974-75, and 1984)
    Shakti Guitarist (1975-77)
    One Truth Band Guitarist (1978-79)
    Risk Factors: Yoga

    'Round Midnight (12-Sep-1986)
    Gonks Go Beat (1965) · Himself

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