John McLaughlin (Monaco)
|“[Miles] was no longer this violet light, slow-burning, lyrical,
soulful – he was BURNING!”
Piece 1: Miles Davis’ Smokin’
John McLaughlin, also known as Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, is an English guitarist, bandleader and composer. His music 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 with such groups as Mahavishnu Orchestra, Shakti, Remember Shakti.
In 2010 guitarist Jeff Beck called him “the best guitarist alive”. The Indian tabla 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 list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.
| “the Beatles as a group, it doesn’t exist anymore. But it exists
inside my heart and memory.”
Piece 2: Beatles’ A Day in the Life
|From Shakti’s Natural Elements album: Mind Ecology/Face to Face|| “harmonically and musically – what they are doing is very
sophisticated, very rich”
Piece 3: Take 6’s There is a Quiet Place