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Posted on nov 23 by

 Groundbreaking, visionary, unfeasibily accomplished, The Mahavishnu Orchestra took ‘out there’ to a new level with music that was as bold, ballsy and exciting as when Hendrix first landed.       ...


Black Magic

Posted on nov 23 by

With the dazzling jazz rock fusionof new alwum Black Light, John McLaughlin shows that the restless, progressive spirit that broke boundaries with the Mahavishnu Orchestra is a strong as ever.    ...


Master marks his return

Posted on nov 7 by

People were still going on about the NH7 Weekender and Megadeth’s head-lining performance there, but they constituted only a section of the assembled multitudes at the Dalhousie Institute on Tuesday evening because those metal heads-on-a-holiday were out in force to catch arguably the greatest jazz guitarist of his generation. The news that John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension would be performing in the city as part of a world tour for their just-released album Black Light had been enough to set jazz enthusiasts buzzing for the last few weeks. That frenzied excitement was on ample display as one entered the club grounds, with people milling about in droves. Read more here...


DUAJI & GURUJI : A Reward for a Recognition

Posted on nov 5 by

It may be due to his Dharma in living his life as a musician that I Dewa Gede Budjana is bestowed a good Karma for his desire. Widely known for his work in the pop music scene, he never ceased to pursue his exploration of the fusion jazz genre which he started from the onset of his career. Similar to most fusion jazz guitarists, John McLaughlin is a figure that he looks up to, who has inspired the musical journey of Dewa Budjana. Such fascination also led to him bestowing his children names derived from the two phenomenal groups that John McLaughlin founder: I Dewa Gede Mahavishnu and I Dewa Gede Shakti Dawai Nanda.  It was such details that John McLaughlin’s manager, Souvik Dutta, shared during Dewa Budjana’s call with the legend. Without hesitation, John mentioned, “We should meet in person.” Read more here...



Posted on nov 4 by

Legendary musician John Mahavishnu McLaughlin discusses his mother & music with R Prashanth Vidyasagar, ahead of his concert in the city John ‘Mahavishnu’ McLaughlin is the ‘blue whale’ of fusion music jazz, flamenco, Indian and western classical music…you name it and he’s tinkered with it giving the world some of its most magnificent music. A legendary guitarist, McLaughlin led the bands Mahavishnu Orchestra and Shakti which were ahead of their time, in terms of the soundscapes. Today, even as he candidly states that young musicians who « don’t even play an instrument » create « amazing music out of the computer », he goes on to call it the « global evolution » of music. Ahead of his concert with the band 4th Dimension, McLaughlin discusses all things melodious in an email interaction. Read more...


The entire musical world is in crisis: John McLaughlin

Posted on nov 1 by

John McLaughlin needs no introduction, and not only among jazz aficionados. The virtuoso guitarist and composer is often cited as the best jazz guitarist in the world, a crown he wears ‘with a pinch of salt’. The 73-year-old musician also has a special connect with India — its spiritualism and music, in particular — and is one of the first to fuse Indian musical concepts to jazz, most notably with the bands The Mahavishnu Orchestra and Shakti. He is scheduled to perform in the city on Tuesday with his newest band 4th Dimension, also featuring Gary Husband on keys and drums, Etienne Mbappe on bass and Ranjit Barot on drums. He took time out for an email interview with Subhayu Mazumder and Krishnendu Mukherjee, where he explains the core of his musical philosophy, and also tells why Kolkata is special   Read more here...