An influential jazz guitarist, John McLaughlin has also explored blues, flamenco, and Indian music,. He was one of the pioneers of the jazz/rock fusion. Originally a contemporary of British blues devotees Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, McLaughlin expanded his musical horizons by developing a highly technical guitar style that fused jazz harmony with blinding speed and powerful attack. After playing on Miles Davis’s groundbreaking Bitches Brew record and pledging his allegiance to guru Sri Chimnoy, McLaughlin formed the pioneering fusion outfit Mahavishnu Orchestra and later the Indian classical music-influenced acoustic group Shakti. In addition, he started noted acoustic guitar trios with Paco De Lucia, Larry Coryell, and Al Dimeola and continued to educate and inspire musicians into the new millennium.
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