John McLaughlin is an English guitarist, bandleader, and composer. A pioneer of jazz fusion. His music combines elements of jazz with rock, world music, Indian classical music, Western classical music, flamenco, and blues. After contributing to several key British groups of the early 1960s, McLaughlin made Extrapolation. It was his first album as a bandleader, in 1969. He then moved to the U.S., where he played with Tony Williams’s group ‘Lifetime’. He then started playing with Miles Davis on his electric jazz-fusion albums; In a Silent Way, Bitches Brew, Jack Johnson, and On the Corner.
His 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’s solo on “Miles Beyond” from his album Live at Ronnie Scott’s won the 2018 Grammy Award for the Best Improvised Jazz Solo. He has been awarded multiple “Guitarist of the Year” and “Best Jazz Guitarist” awards from magazines such as DownBeat and Guitar Player based on reader polls.
John played legendary trio concerts with Al Di Meola and Paco De Lucia. He played with Larry Coryell and just about any other great name in music. He starred in ‘Round Midnight, the legendary movie with Lester Gordon and did so much more.
Jeff Beck called John McLaughlin “the best guitarist alive”. Pat Metheny has also described him as the world’s greatest guitarist. In 2017, McLaughlin was awarded an honorary doctorate of music from Berklee College of Music. All this, just to urge you to watch this fantastic concert of John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension Live ( recorded at ‘Jazz a Vienne’)
You can find more about John on his website