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...Read More
“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