John McLaughlin (guitarist)

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John McLaughlin (born 4 January 1942) is an English guitarist, bandleader, and composer. A pioneer of jazz fusion, his music combines elements of jazz with rock, world music, Indian classical music, Western classical music, flamenco, and blues. After contributing to several key British groups of the early 1960s, McLaughlin made Extrapolation, his first album as a bandleader, in 1969. He then moved to the U.S., where he played with drummer Tony Williams's group Lifetime and then with Miles Davis on his electric jazz fusion albums In a Silent Way, Bitches Brew, Jack Johnson, and On the Corner. His 1970s electric band, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, performed a technically virtuosic and complex style of music that fused electric jazz and rock with Indian influences.

McLaughlin's solo on "Miles Beyond" from his album Live at Ronnie Scott's won the 2018 Grammy Award for the Best Improvised Jazz Solo. He has been awarded multiple "Guitarist of the Year" and "Best Jazz Guitarist" awards from magazines such as DownBeat and Guitar Player based on reader polls. In 2003, he was ranked 49th in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". In 2009, DownBeat included McLaughlin in its unranked list of "75 Great Guitarists", in the "Modern Jazz Maestros" category. In 2012, Guitar World magazine ranked him 63rd on its top 100 list. In 2010, Jeff Beck called McLaughlin "the best guitarist alive," and Pat Metheny has also described him as the world's greatest guitarist. In 2017, McLaughlin was awarded an honorary doctorate of music from Berklee College of Music.

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"Fire on Babylon"Paco de Lucía, Al Di Meola & John McLaughlin1
Greatest HitsJohn McLaughlin1


1969ExtrapolationJohn McLaughlin5
1970DevotionJohn McLaughlin45
1971The Inner Mounting FlameThe Mahavishnu Orchestra with John McLaughlin510
1971My Goal’s BeyondJohn McLaughlin45
1971Where Fortune SmilesJohn McLaughlin, John Surman, Karl Berger, Stu Martin & Dave Holland2
1973Love Devotion SurrenderCarlos Santana & Mahavishnu John McLaughlin512
1976Inner WorldsMahavishnu Orchestra / John McLaughlin5
1978Electric GuitaristJohn McLaughlin4
1979Electric DreamsJohn McLaughlin with The One Truth Band3
1981Belo HorizonteJohn McLaughlin3
1982Music Spoken HereJohn McLaughlin35
1983Passion, Grace & FireJohn McLaughlin, Al Di Meola & Paco de Lucía3.6511
1986Adventures in RadiolandJohn McLaughlin & Mahavishnu5
1990Concerto for Guitar & Orch and Duos for Guitar & PianoJohn McLaughlin2
1991Trio in SantiagoJohn McLaughlin1
1993Time Remembered: John McLaughlin Plays Bill EvansJohn McLaughlin5
1995After the RainJohn McLaughlin with Elvin Jones and Joey DeFrancesco1
1995MolomJohn McLaughlin1
1996The PromiseJohn McLaughlin2
1996The Guitar TrioPaco de Lucía, Al Di Meola & John McLaughlin44
1997The Heart of ThingsJohn McLaughlin2
2003Thieves and PoetsJohn McLaughlin2
2006Industrial ZenJohn McLaughlin2
2007Sleep Easy BabyJohn McLaughlin1
2007Trio of DoomJohn McLaughlin, Jaco Pastorius, Tony Williams52
2008Floating PointJohn McLaughlin1
2015Black LightJohn McLaughlin1
2020Is That So?John McLaughlin, Shankar Mahadevan & Zakir Hussain32
2021Liberation TimeJohn McLaughlin1
Blowing the Blues AwayIan Carr, Mike Carr & John McLaughlin1
PreludesIan Carr, Mike Carr & John McLaughlin1

Album + Compilation

1976Carlos Santana and Buddy Miles - Live! / Love Devotion SurrenderCarlos Santana, Buddy Miles / John McLaughlin1
1982Historia de la música rockJohn McLaughlin21
1982The Guitar HeroJohn McLaughlin1
1990Greatest HitsJohn McLaughlin1
1991The CollectionJohn McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra1
1993Compact Jazz: John McLaughlinJohn McLaughlin1
1996This Is Jazz 17John McLaughlin2
1999The CollectionJohn McLaughlin1
1999The Dawn Sessions (compilation of "Where Fortune Smiles" / "Live at Woodstock Town Hall"")John Surman, John McLaughlin, Dave Holland, Stu Martin & Karl Berger1
2004Guitar & BassJohn McLaughlin1
2007Original Album ClassicsJohn McLaughlin1
2007The Essential John McLaughlinJohn McLaughlin51
2010Electric Guitarist / Electric DreamsJohn McLaughlin with The One Truth Band1

Album + Compilation + Live

2022John McLaughlin: The Montreux YearsJohn McLaughlin1

Album + Live

1981Friday Night in San FranciscoAl Di Meola, John McLaughlin, Paco de Lucía4.6521
1994Tokyo LiveThe Free Spirits feat. John McLaughlin1
1996Sunday in BostonPaco de Lucía, Al Di Meola & John McLaughlin1
2000The Heart of Things: Live in ParisJohn McLaughlin1
2003Montreux ConcertsJohn McLaughlin1
2009Five Peace Band LiveChick Corea & John McLaughlin52
2015Invitation to Illumination: Live at Montreux 2011Santana & McLaughlin1
2016Paco and John: Live at Montreux 1987Paco de Lucía & John McLaughlin1
2022Saturday Night in San FranciscoAl Di Meola; John McLaughlin; Paco De Lucía34

EP + Live

1993Live in Chicago 1974Carlos Santana & John McLaughlin3

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