John McLaughlin knows a few things about playing fast. The 68-year-old McLaughlin, who some consider the fastest jazz guitarist in the world, has been honing his chops over four decades playing on albums like Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew and In a Silent Way and leading the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Saturday night’s two-hour Boulder Theater show proved the fiery guitarist is still fast as hell.
A few minutes into « Raju, » the show’s opener, McLaughlin was off and running, his fingers rapidly spidering across the neck of his Godin electric. While he can dig into lightning fast licks, the elegant McLaughlin makes playing appear virtually effortless, and he looks relatively tranquil throughout it all.