John McLaughlin’s been stretching the parameters of music for nearly half a century. The title of the guitarist’s 1969 debut, Extrapolation, still speaks to his methodology. McLaughlin spent decades writing, recording, and performing with the best players on Earth—including trumpeter Miles Davis, drummer Tony Wilson, bassist Jaco Pastorius, and violin wiz Jean Luc-Ponty. In the mid-1970s he explored Indian classic music with Shakti, plying his acoustic prowess to Hindustani rhythms and ragas. In the Eighties he jammed with keyboardist Chick Corea, bassists Stanley Clarke and Jeff Berlin, keyboardist Chick Corea, and fellow guitarists Paco De Lucia and Al Di Meola.