John McLaughlin

John McLaughlin

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John McLaughlin
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Legendary guitarist - songwriter (Not to be confused with the pop songwriter John McLaughlin (2))
* 4. Januar 1942 in Kirk Sandall in Yorkshire, England
A household name since the early '70s, 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. John McLaughlin worked with David Bowie, Alexis Korner, Graham Bond, Ginger Baker, and others in the 1960s and played free jazz with Gunter Hampel for six months. His first album was a classic (1969's Extrapolation) and was followed by an obscurity for the Dawns label with John Surman, a quintet set with Larry Young (Devotion), and My Goals Beyond in 1970 which was half acoustic solos and half jams involving Indian musicians.
In 1969, John McLaughlin moved to New York to play with Tony Williams' Lifetime and he appeared on two classic Miles Davis records: In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew. In 1971, John 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. John 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. John 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. John McLaughlin then went back and forth between electric and acoustic guitars; leading the One Truth Band; playing in trios with Al DiMeola and Paco De Lucia; popping up on some mid-'80s Miles Davis records; forming a short-lived third version of the Mahavishnu Orchestra (with saxophonist Bill Evans); recording an introspective tribute to pianist Bill Evans; and, in 1993, touring with a rollicking jazz trio featuring Joey DeFrancesco and drummer Dennis Chambers. Throughout his productive career John McLaughlin has recorded as a leader for Marmalade, Dawns, Douglas International, CBS, Warner Brothers, and Verve.
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John McLaughlin Discography

Albums

John McLaughlin Extrapolation (Album) Marmalade UK 1969 Sell This Version
Jack Bruce With John McLaughlin, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Jon Hiseman Jack Bruce With John McLaughlin, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Jon Hiseman - Things We Like (Album) Polydor, Polydor France 1970 Sell This Version
John McLaughlin Devotion (Album) Douglas Japan 1970 Sell This Version
Mahavishnu John McLaughlin* My Goal's Beyond (Album) Douglas, Douglas, Douglas UK 1971 Sell This Version
John McLaughlin, Dave Holland, John Surman, Stu Martin, Karl Berger John McLaughlin, Dave Holland, John Surman, Stu Martin, Karl Berger - Where Fortune Smiles (Album) Dawn (7), Dawn (7) UK 1971 Sell This Version
The Mahavishnu Orchestra* With John McLaughlin The Mahavishnu Orchestra* With John McLaughlin - The Inner Mounting Flame (Album) Columbia Netherlands 1971 Sell This Version
Carlos Santana & Mahavishnu John McLaughlin* Carlos Santana & Mahavishnu John McLaughlin* - Love Devotion Surrender (Album) Columbia US 1973 Sell This Version
CBS 69108 Mahavishnu Orchestra with John Mc Laughlin* Mahavishnu Orchestra with John Mc Laughlin* - Visions Of The Emerald Beyond(LP, Album) Suzy, CBS CBS 69108 Yugoslavia 1975 Sell This Version
CTI 6003 Joe Farrell Quartet Featuring Chick Corea & John McLaughlin Joe Farrell Quartet Featuring Chick Corea & John McLaughlin - Super Session(LP, Album) CTI Records CTI 6003 Germany 1975 Sell This Version
CBS 81388, 81388 Shakti (2) With John McLaughlin Shakti (2) With John McLaughlin - Shakti With John McLaughlin(LP, Album) CBS, Suzy CBS 81388, 81388 Yugoslavia 1976 Sell This Version
Mahavishnu Orchestra / John McLaughlin Mahavishnu Orchestra / John McLaughlin - Inner Worlds (Album) CBS, CBS, CBS Europe 1976 Sell This Version
Shakti (2) With John McLaughlin Shakti (2) With John McLaughlin - Natural Elements (Album) Columbia Greece 1977 Sell This Version
Shakti (2) With John McLaughlin Shakti (2) With John McLaughlin - A Handful Of Beauty (Album) CBS, CBS Spain 1977 Sell This Version
John McLaughlin Electric Guitarist (Album) Columbia Japan 1978 Sell This Version
John McLaughlin With The One Truth Band John McLaughlin With The One Truth Band - Electric Dreams (Album) Columbia, Columbia Argentina 1979 Sell This Version
John McLaughlin / Al Di Meola / Paco De Lucia* John McLaughlin / Al Di Meola / Paco De Lucia* - Friday Night In San Francisco (Album) Columbia Israel 1981 Sell This Version
John McLaughlin Belo Horizonte (Album) Warner Bros. Records Europe 1981 Sell This Version
John McLaughlin Music Spoken Here (Album) Warner Bros. Records US 1982 Sell This Version
John McLaughlin - Al Di Meola - Paco De Lucía John McLaughlin - Al Di Meola - Paco De Lucía - Passion, Grace & Fire (Album) Philips Germany 1983 Sell This Version
John McLaughlin And Mahavishnu* John McLaughlin And Mahavishnu* - Adventures In Radioland (Album) Sound Service US 1986 Sell This Version
John McLaughlin & Katia Labèque / Tilson Thomas* ~ London Symphony Orchestra* John McLaughlin & Katia Labèque / Tilson Thomas* ~ London Symphony Orchestra* - "Mediterranean" Concerto (Album) CBS Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
John McLaughlin Time Remembered (Album) Verve Records US 1993 Sell This Version
The Free Spirits (4) Featuring John McLaughlin The Free Spirits (4) Featuring John McLaughlin - Tokyo Live (Album) Verve Records US 1994 Sell This Version
John McLaughlin After The Rain (Album) Verve Records France 1995 Sell This Version
John McLaughlin The Promise (Album) Verve Records US 1995 Sell This Version