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
Purists loathe him and the feeling, it seems, is mutual. John McLaughlin calls them « the bane of the world » and has variously upset the jazz purists by being too rocky, the fusion ones by being too Indian and the Indian ones by being too Western. Meanwhile the jazz pioneer, who is touring Australia this month, has left a trail of...Read More
Celebrated guitarist John McLaughlin will be touring North America to present his new album, an outstanding jazz-rock fusion album titled Black Light. McLaughlin continues to push boundaries, incorporating Indian music, flamenco, electronica and other elements. He joins us in this exclusive interview. Read more here...Read More
Dear friends, It’s been too long since I wrote for the website, so I offer my excuses. It was just before the beginning of the final Shakti tour which began in October-November 2013. Much has happened since that time, and not all of it pleasant. I’d spoken to Paco de Lucia in late January of 2014 about a recording we were planning, just a few...Read More