“Motherfucker” is one word you could use to describe John McLaughlin. The legendary British jazz guitarist, along with his current band 4th Dimension, certainly lived up that pithy epithet last night in a show at the Melbourne Recital Centre as part of the Melbourne Festival. It was one of McLaughlin’s former band leaders, Miles Davis, who recognised...Read More
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What first attracted me to jazz was that, unlike in classical music, I was actually able to still see in concert performers who created a musical style or genre. Guys like Mozart, Beethoven or Mahler were long gone, so all I could ever experience was someone else’s interpretation of these masters. In jazz, I was actually able to see Earl Hines, Benny...Read More
John McLaughlin’s magnificent new album more than justifies his disinclination to hang up his guitar. FUSION : Black Light Septuagenarian John McLaughlin, the silver-maned demigod of jazz-rock, shows no signs of slowing down as a guitar player, as a performance and recording artist or as a passionate prodder of musical boundaries. The urbane Englishman’s...Read More
I’m not dead yet! » Guitar legend John McLaughlin talks to SJF about life, death, retirement and his brilliant new album, ‘Black Light.
JOHN McLAUGHLIN – without doubt the doyen of jazz-rock guitarists, now 73 – is in a deeply philosophical mood. « I don’t have ambitions like I used to when I was a young man, » he reveals. « The older I get the more aware of my mortality I become, especially when you hit the biblical age of seventy. Every...Read More