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John McLaughlin

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"the best guitarist alive" Jeff Beck - The Indian maestro Zakir Hussain has called him "one of the greatest and one of the important musicians of our times". In 2003, McLaughlin was ranked 49th in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time"-

John McLaughlin music’s includes many genres of jazz, and rock, which he coupled with an interest in Indian classical music to become one of the pioneering figures in fusion. His style has been described as one of aggressive speed, technical precision, and harmonic sophistication. He is known for using exotic scales and unconventional time signatures. Indian music has had a profound influence on his style, and, it has been written, he is one of the first westerners to play Indian music to Indian audiences.
He was influential in bringing jazz fusion to popularity with Miles Davis, playing with Davis on five of his studio albums, including Davis' first gold-certified Bitches Brew, and one live album, Live-Evil.
John McLaughlin exploded upon the American jazz scene in the late '60s with Tony Williams' fusion trio, Lifetime. McLaughlin was only with the band for a couple of albums, but he went on to make more fusion history with his Mahavishnu Orchestra. Then, in the mid-'70s, he made a radical turn and formed Shakti, a short-lived group that combined traditional Indian ragas with jazz, blues, and rock. After disbanding in the late 1970s, Shakti enjoyed a twenty-year hiatus before McLaughlin and Hussain decided to reform the band.  Remember Shakti  4th Dimension is actually touring in Europe until the end of November and this tour will end with  a charity performance in Prague on November 28th.

The new recording by the 4th Dimension, was released last year. http://www.johnmclaughlin.com/project/now-here-this/

Remember Shakti with John McLaughlin - Zakir Hussain - Shankar Mahadevan - U. Shrinivas- V. Selvaganesh at Onassis Cultural Center on November 26, 2013 — 20:30 - http://jazzonline.gr/en/jazzenda/item/1831-remember-shakti-j-mclaughlin-z-hussain-s-mahadevan-u-shrinivas-v-selvaganesh.html

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