Artist: John McLaughlin | Album: Black Light | Released: 2015 | Label: Seven Seas | Catalog # KICJ 699 | Genre: Jazz, Rock, Fusion | Country: UK | Duration: 00:50:26
One of fusion's most virtuosic guitar soloists, John McLaughlin placed his blazing speed in the service of a searching spiritual passion that has kept his music evolving and open to new influences. Whether shredding on electric or simmering quietly on acoustic, McLaughlin's intensity and underappreciated versatility have nearly always kept his playing vital, and his best moments -- whether as a solo artist or bandmember -- represent some of fusion's greatest recordings.
ExtrapolationMcLaughlin was born January 4, 1942, in Yorkshire, England, and began playing guitar at age 11. Initially attracted to blues and swing, he worked with British artists like Georgie Fame, Graham Bond, Brian Auger, and Ginger Baker. McLaughlin formed his own band in 1968, and recorded the excellent debut Extrapolation in early 1969. Later that year he moved to New York to join Tony Williams' groundbreaking fusion band Lifetime, and appeared on the classic Emergency! Through Williams, McLaughlin was invited to join Miles Davis' band, and became an important part of fusion landmarks like In a Silent Way, Bitches Brew, and A Tribute to Jack Johnson. In 1970, wanting to explore acoustic and Eastern music, McLaughlin recorded the classic My Goal's Beyond; he soon left Davis, and after one further solo album, Devotion, McLaughlin spent some time woodshedding.
01. Here Come The Jiis 6:28
02. Clap Your Hand 5:59
03. Being You Being Me 5:42
04. Pandit Ji 6:14
05. 360 Flip 6:32
06. El Hombre Que Sabia 5:38
07. Gaza City 4:15
08. Kiki 5:54
09. Nothing To Lose But The Blues (bonus) 3:45