John Mclaughlin Biography
John McLaughlin was born on 4th January 1942,he is also known as Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, is an English guitarist, bandleader and composer. John’s music includes many genres of jazz which he coupled with elements of rock, Indian classical music, Western classical music, flamenco and blues to become one of the pioneering figures in fusion.
After he contributed to several key British groups of the early 1960s McLaughlin made Extrapolation, his first album as a bandleader, in 1969. John then moved to the U.S., where he played with Tony Williams’s group Lifetime and then with Miles Davis on his electric jazz-fusion albums In a Silent Way, Bitches Brew, Jack Johnson, and On the Corner.
Mclaughlin’s 1970s electric band, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, performed a technically virtuosic and complex style of music that fused electric jazz and rock with Indian influences.
McLaughlin has been recognized as an influence by a number of prominent musicians. John is a Grammy Award winner and has been awarded multiple “Guitarist of the Year” and “Best Jazz Guitarist” awards from magazines such as Down Beat and Guitar Player based on reader polls. He was ranked 49th in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”in 2003. In 2009, Down Beat Magazine also included McLaughlin in its unranked list of “75 Great Guitarists”, in the “Modern Jazz Maestros” category. In 2012, Guitar World magazine ranked John #63 on its top 100 list. In 2010, he was called “the best guitarist alive” by guitarist Jeff Beck called him. Pat Metheny also referred him as the best guitarist alive by Pat Metheny.
His solo on the cut “Miles Beyond” from his album Live at Ronnie Scott’s won the 2018 Grammy Award for the Best Improvised Jazz Solo.
John Mclaughlin Age
John Mclaughlin was born in January 4, 1942 in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England. He is 76 years old as of year 2018.
John Mclaughlin Family
John McLaughlin was born to a family of musicians his mother being a concert violinist in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England. He studied violin and piano as a child and took up the guitar at the age of 11, exploring styles from flamenco to the jazz of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli.
John Mclaughlin Wife
He is currently living with his fourth wife Ina Behrend. The couple had a son in 1998. From the late 1980s, he has lived in Monaco. John formerly lived with the French pianist Katia Labèque, who was also a member of his band in the early 1980s. Before he started living with Katia Labeque he was married to Eve Kolosky when he was a disciple of Sri Chinmoy. Sue was his frist wife and with whom he had a son Julian in 1966.John photos
John Mclaughlin Guitar
Mclaughlin started playing guiter when he was 11, he was exploring styles from Flamenco to the Jazz of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. He moved from Yorkshire to London in the early 1960s, playing wit Alexis Korner and the Marzipan Twisters before moving to Georgia Fame and the Blue Flames, the Graham Bound Organisation in 1963 and Brian Auger. In 1960s John had to support himself with session work which he often found unsatisfying but that enhanced his playing and sight-reading. He even gave guitar lessons to Jimmy Page. Jack Bruce formed the Graham Bond Quartet with Bond, Ginger Baker and John Mclaughlin in 1963.
John Mclaughlin Tour
|Nov 15||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Teatro gran rex|
|Nov 17||Buenos Aires, Brazil||Mimo Festival|
|Nov 23||Casa Caida, Brazil||Mimo Festival|
|Nov 28||Monaco-Ville, Monaco||OPERA GARNIER de MONTE-CARLO|
John Mclaughlin Artist
John Mclaughlin is a musician while there is another person who has his name but he is an artist John Dwyer Mclaughlin who is an American abstract painter he is also considered as one of the most significant Californian postwar artists.
John Mclaughlin Musician
McLaughlin recorded his debut album Extrapolation in London in January 1969, he has also played on Miles Davis’ albums In A Silent Way, Bitches Brew which has a track named after him, Live-Evil, On the Corner, Big Fun where he is featured soloist on “Go Ahead John” and A Tribute to Jack Johnson. In the liner notes to Jack Johnson, Davis called McLaughlin’s playing “far in”. He returned to the Davis band for one night of a week-long club date, recorded and released as part of the album Live-Evil and of the Cellar Door boxed set. Mclaughlin reputation as a “first-call” session player grew, resulting in recordings as a sideman with Miroslav Vitous, Larry Coryell, Joe Farrell, Wayne Shorter, Carla Bley, the Rolling Stones, and others.
John recorded Devotion in early 1970 on Douglas Records (run by Alan Douglas), a high-energy, psychedelic fusion album that featured Larry Young on organ (who had been part of Lifetime), Billy Rich on bass and the R&B drummer Buddy Miles. Devotion was the first of two albums Mclaughlin released on Douglas. He released My Goal’s Beyond in the US, a collection of unamplified acoustic works in 1971. Side A (“Peace One” and “Peace Two”) offers a fusion blend of jazz and Indian classical forms, while side B features melodic acoustic playing McLaughlin on such standards as “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat”, by Charles Mingus whom McLaughlin considered an important influence. His Goal’s Beyond was inspired by McLaughlin’s decision to follow the Indian spiritual leader Sri Chinmoy, to whom he had been introduced in 1970 by Larry Coryell’s manager. This album was dedicated to Chinmoy, with one of the Guru’s poems printed on the liner notes. It was on this album that McLaughlin took the name “Mahavishnu”.
McLaughlin collaborated with Carlos Santana in 1973, also a disciple of Sri Chinmoy, on an album of devotional songs, Love Devotion Surrender, which featured recordings of Coltrane compositions including a movement of A Love Supreme. He has also worked with the jazz composers Carla Bley and Gil Evans.
John Mclaughlin Albums
- live in San Francisco – 2018
- Live @RonnieScotts – 2017
- Blacklight – 2015
- The Boston Record – 2014
- Nowhere this – 2012
- To The One – 2010
- Love@Belgrade- 2009
- Five Peace Band – 2009
- Meeting of the Minds – 2008
- The Way of Beauty – 2008
- Floating Point – 2008
- Five Peace Band – 2009
- Meeting of the minds – 2008
- The Way Of Beauty – 2008
- Floating Point – 2008
- The Gateway to Rhythm
- Industrial Zen – 2006
- This is The Way I Do It – 2004
- Thieves and Poets – 2003
- Collection – 2002
- Saturday Night IN Bombay – 2001
- The Heart of Thing LIve in Paris – 2000
- The Believer – 2000
- Remember Sharkti – 1999
- The Heart Of Things – 1997
- The Guitar Trio – 1996
- The Promise – 1996
- After The Rain – 1995
- Tokyo live – 1094
- Time Remembered – 1993
- Que Alegria – 1992
- LIve At The Royal Festival Hall – 1990
- The Mediterranean – 1990
- Adventures IN RadioLand – 1986
- Mahavishnu – 1984
- Passion, Grace $ Fire 1983
- Music Spoken Here – 1982
- Friday Night in San Francisco – 1981
- Belo Hozizonte – 1981
- Electric Dreams – 1979
- Electric Guitarist – 1978
- Natural Elements – 1977
- A Handful of Beauty – 1977
- Inner Worlds – 1976
- Shakti – 1976
- Visions of The Emerald Beyond – 1975
- Apoclypse – 1974
- Birds of Fire – 1973
- The Lost Trident Sessions – 1973
- Between Nothingness $ Eternity – 1973
- Love Devotion Surrender – 1973
- The Inner Mounting Flame – 1971
- My Goals Beyond – 1971
- Devotion – 1970
- Extrapolation – 1969