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Encyclopedia > John McLaughlin (musician)
John McLaughlin
John McLaughlin
John McLaughlin
Born January 4, 1942
in Doncaster, Yorkshire England
Genre(s) Jazz fusion
World fusionClassical
Affiliation(s) Miles Davis
Tony Williams Lifetime
Mahavishnu Orchestra
Shakti (band)
Paco_de_Lucía
Carlos Santana
Katia Labeque
Notable guitars Gibson EDS-1275
Double Rainbow
Shakti Guitar
Synclavier
[Mike Sabre Custom]
Glissentar
Years active 1963-present
Official site Official Website

John McLaughlin (aka 'pinyon')(born January 4, 1942), also Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, is a jazz fusion guitar player from Doncaster, Yorkshire in England. He came to prominence with Miles Davis' electric jazz-fusion groups from the late 1960s. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (600x755, 245 KB) This photo was shot by Aparna Subramanian after John_McLaughlin performed in Pune on the 10th of Decemeber, 2006 at Shaniwar_Wada with Remember_Shakti the same evening. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (600x755, 245 KB) This photo was shot by Aparna Subramanian after John_McLaughlin performed in Pune on the 10th of Decemeber, 2006 at Shaniwar_Wada with Remember_Shakti the same evening. ... Statistics Population: 67,977 (2001 Census for Doncaster urban sub-area [1]) Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: SE5702 Administration District: Doncaster Metropolitan county: South Yorkshire Region: Yorkshire and the Humber Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: South Yorkshire Historic county: Yorkshire (West Riding) Services Police force... Look up Yorkshire in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2005 est. ... Bitches Brew (1970) by Miles Davis is considered the most influential early fusion album. ... World music is, most generally, all the music in the world. ... The word classical has several meanings: Pertaining to the societies of the classical antiquity, ancient Greece or Rome. ... Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was one of the most distinguished jazz musicians of the latter half of the 20th century. ... Tony Williams (December 12, 1945 – February 23, 1997) was an American jazz drummer. ... The original lineup in 1972, featuring Billy Cobham, John McLaughlin, Jerry Goodman, Jan Hammer and Rick Laird. ... Shakti was a group which played a novel acoustic fusion music which combined Indian music with elements of jazz; it was perhaps the earliest practitioner of the musical genre world fusion. ... Paco De Lucia on the cover of El Duende Flamenco de Paco de Lucia (1972). ... Carlos Augusto Alves Santana (born July 20, 1947), known simply as Carlos Santana or Santana, is a Grammy Award-winning Mexican-born American Latin rock musician and guitarist. ... The Gibson EDS-1275 is a doubleneck Gibson guitar introduced in 1958. ... Synclavier I The New England Digital Synclavier System was a powerful, integrated system for music synthesis and recording, first developed at Dartmouth College by Jon Appleton, Sydney Alonso, Cameron Jones and finally brought to world wide exposure by Brad Naples. ... January 4 is the 4th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... Bitches Brew (1970) by Miles Davis is considered the most influential early fusion album. ... Statistics Population: 67,977 (2001 Census for Doncaster urban sub-area [1]) Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: SE5702 Administration District: Doncaster Metropolitan county: South Yorkshire Region: Yorkshire and the Humber Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: South Yorkshire Historic county: Yorkshire (West Riding) Services Police force... Look up Yorkshire in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was one of the most distinguished jazz musicians of the latter half of the 20th century. ...

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Career

Before moving to the US, McLaughlin recorded Extrapolation (with Tony Oxley and John Surman) in 1969, in which McLaughlin showed technical virtuosity, inventiveness, and the ability to play in odd meters. He moved to the US in 1969 to join Tony Williams's group Lifetime. He subsequently played with Miles Davis on his landmark albums In A Silent Way, Bitches Brew (which has a track named after him), Big Fun (where he is featured soloist on Go Ahead John) and A Tribute to Jack Johnson — Davis paid tribute to him in the liner notes to Jack Johnson, calling McLaughlin's playing "far in". McLaughlin returned to the Davis band for two recorded nights of a week-long club date, which was released as part of the album Live/Evil. Extrapolation is John McLaughlins debut solo album. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... John Douglas Surman (born on 30 August 1944 in Tavistock, England), is a jazz saxophone, clarinet and synthesizer player. ... Tony Williams (December 12, 1945 – February 23, 1997) was an American jazz drummer. ... In a Silent Way is a 1969 album by jazz trumpeter Miles Davis. ... Bitches Brew is an album recorded by American jazz trumpeter Miles Davis in 1969. ... Big Fun is an album recorded between 1969 and 1972 by Miles Davis. ... A Tribute to Jack Johnson is an album recorded in April 1970 by Miles Davis. ...


His reputation as a "first-call" session player grew, resulting in recordings as a sideman with Miroslav Vitous, Larry Coryell, Wayne Shorter, Carla Bley, The Rolling Stones and others. Miroslav Vitous (born 6 December 1947) is a Czech jazz bassist. ... Larry Coryell Larry Coryell (April 2, 1943-) is an American jazz guitarist. ... Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter in the 1960s quintet Wayne Shorter (born August 25, 1933) is an American jazz composer and saxophonist. ... Escalator Over The Hill (or EOTH) is mostly referred to as a jazz opera, but it was released as a chronotransduction with words by Paul Haines, adaptation and music by Carla Bley, production and coordination by Michael Mantler, performed by the Jazz Composers Orchestra (JCOA). ... Rolling Stones redirects here. ...


McLaughlin's 1970s electric band, the The Mahavishnu Orchestra included violinist Jerry Goodman (later Jean-Luc Ponty), keyboardist Jan Hammer (later Gayle Moran and Stu Goldberg), bassist Rick Laird (later Ralphe Armstrong), and drummer Billy Cobham (later Narada Michael Walden). The band performed a technically virtuosic and complex style of music with fused eclectic jazz and rock with Eastern and Indian influences. This band established fusion as a new and growing style within the jazz and rock worlds. The original lineup in 1972, featuring Billy Cobham, John McLaughlin, Jerry Goodman, Jan Hammer and Rick Laird. ... Jerry Goodman is an American violinist, mostly known for playing in the fusion jazz band Mahavishnu Orchestra. ... Grappelli (left) and Jean-Luc Ponty (right). ... Jan Hammer in Miami Vice Jan Hammer (born 17 April 1948, in Prague, Czechoslovakia) is a composer and musician. ... Rick Laird is a jazz musician, born on February 5, 1940. ... Billy Cobham in 1973. ... Michael Walden (born April 23, 1952, in Kalamazoo, Michigan USA) is an American producer, singer, songwriter. ...


After the Mahavishnu Orchestra split, McLaughlin worked with the far more low-key, acoustic group Shakti. This group combined Indian music with elements of jazz and thus may be regarded as a pioneer of world music. John was the first westerner to attain any acclaim performing Indian music for Indian audiences. Shakti was a group which played a novel acoustic fusion music which combined Indian music with elements of jazz; it was perhaps the earliest practitioner of the musical genre world fusion. ... World music is, most generally, all the music in the world. ...


Along with Carlos Santana, McLaughlin was a follower of the guru Sri Chinmoy, and in 1973 they collaborated on an album of devotional songs, Love Devotion Surrender, which included recordings of Coltrane compositions including A Love Supreme. He has also worked with the jazz composer Carla Bley and Gil Evans Carlos Augusto Alves Santana (born July 20, 1947), known simply as Carlos Santana or Santana, is a Grammy Award-winning Mexican-born American Latin rock musician and guitarist. ... Sri Chinmoy (Bengali: )(born August 27, 1931), originally Chinmoy Kumar Ghose, is an Indian philosopher, spiritual teacher (guru), musician, and author. ... Track listing A Love Supreme - (Coltrane) Naima - (Coltrane) The Life Divine - (McLaughlin) Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord - (trad. ... John William Coltrane (September 23, 1926 – July 17, 1967), nicknamed Trane, was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. ... A Love Supreme is a jazz album recorded by John Coltranes quartet on December 9, 1964 at the Van Gelder studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. ... Carla Bley, née Borg, (born May 11, 1936) is an American jazz composer, pianist, organist and band leader. ... Gil Evans  (*13 May 1912 at Toronto, Canada  â€  20 March 1988 at Cuernavaca, Mexico); jazz musician and important innovator of big band jazz in the United States as an arranger, composer, bandleader, and pianist; cool jazz, modal jazz, free jazz, jazz rock. ...


In 1979 he teamed up with flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía and Larry Coryell (replaced by Al Di Meola in the early 1980s) as the Guitar Trio, the virtuoso talents of all three musicians equally on display. The Trio, again featuring McLaughlin along with de Lucía and Di Meola, reunited in 1996 for a second recording session and a world tour. Bailaora (dancer) of Flamenco Belén Maya, photograph taken by Gilles Larrain at his studio, 2001 Flamenco is one of the great European nonacademic musical genres. ... Paco De Lucia on the cover of El Duende Flamenco de Paco de Lucia (1972). ... Larry Coryell Larry Coryell (April 2, 1943-) is an American jazz guitarist. ... Al Di Meola (born July 22, 1954 in Jersey City, New Jersey) is a jazz fusion guitarist. ...


In the early 1990s he toured with his trio on the Que Alegria album. The trio consisted of John McLaughlin, Trilok Gurtu and Dominique DiPiazza. In recent times he has toured with Remember Shakti. In addition to original Shakti member Zakir Hussain, this group has also featured eminent Indian musicians U. Srinivas, V. Selvaganesh, Shivkumar Sharma, and Hariprasad Chaurasia. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Categories: 1969 births | Musician stubs ... V. Selvaganesh is an Indian percussionist working in the Carnatic tradition, and is the leading kanjira (or south Indian frame drum) player of his generation. ... Pandit Shivkumar Sharma (born January 13, 1938) is an Indian classical musician, working in the Hindustani classical music tradition. ... Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia is known internationally as the greatest living master of bansuri, the North Indian bamboo flute. ...


His most recent recording projects have been a ballet score, Thieves and Poets, released in 2003 along with arrangements for classical guitar ensemble of favorite jazz standards, a three DVD instructional video on improvisation (which revolutionised video lessons) and a hard bop/ jazz fusion album entitled Industrial Zen, on which McLaughlin experiments with the Godin Glissentar as well as continuing to expand the guitar-synth repertoire, released in June 2006. Jean-Baptiste André Godin (1817-1888) was an industrial. ...


Guitars (Selection)

  • Double Rainbow doubleneck guitar made by Rex Bogue, which McLaughlin played between 1971 - 1975. (Confer: Gibson EDS-1275)
  • The first Abe Wechter-built acoustic "Shakti"-guitar with seven additional drone strings.
  • "Marielle", acoustic guitar with cutaway.
  • "Our Lady", built by Abe Wechter for John Mclaughlin.
  • Summary of the guitars played by John McLaughlin.

The Gibson EDS-1275 is a doubleneck Gibson guitar introduced in 1958. ...

See also

Trilok Gurtu is an Indian percussionist, widely acclaimed by his unique and awesome approach to music. ... Jonas Hellborg (born June 7, 1958) is a Swedish bass guitarist. ...

External links


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McLaughlin says his musical odyssey began listening to flamenco and rhythm and blues on the radio in the early 1950s, when he was growing up in Yorkshire in northern England.
JOHN McLAUGHLIN: You needed discipline with which to master your instrument, and I think you have to adopt a classical discipline or a jazz discipline, and I would say that jazz is and jazz will always be my great love.
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