One of fusion's most virtuosic guitar soloists, John McLaughlin placed his blazing speed in the service of a searching spiritual passion that has kept his music evolving and open to new influences. Whether shredding on electric or simmering quietly on acoustic, McLaughlin's intensity and versatility have kept his playing vital. His best early moments appear on some of fusion's greatest recordings, including Miles Davis' Bitches Brew and Tribute to Jack Johnson, as well as his own Mahavishnu Orchestra's seminal The Inner Mounting Flame (1971) and Birds of Fire (1973). In 1976, he formed the acoustic Indo-jazz quartet Shakti, who released three acclaimed albums, and he continued to balance his time between electric and acoustic projects. The latter's most notable efforts include Friday Night in San Francisco with guitarists Al Di Meola and ...
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