Happy Birthday John Mc Laughlin. ‘Elegant Septuagenarian’

This day (January 4, 1942), in  Doncaster, South Yorkshire (UK), is born John McLaughlin, an English guitarist, bandleader and composer.

Tracklist :

w/ Carlos Santana, Cindy Blackman etc – The Quarantine Blues (2020) . El Hombre Que Sabia (2019) . Meeting of the Spirits/Birds of Fire (2017) . w/ Chick Corea – Miles Beyond (2016) . w/ Jean Luc Ponty & Zakir Hussain – Lotus Feet (2013) . Little Miss Valley (2012) . Recovery 2011 . Goodbye Pork Pie Hat . Interview . Mother Tongue (1995) . w/ Paco De Lucia & Al Di Meola – Meditarena Sundance . w/ Jonas Hellborg – Are You The One? (1987) . Cherokee (1985) . Solo Guitar (1981) . w/ Shakti – India (1974) .

Tracklist :

My Foolish Heart . New York On My Mind . Are You The One? Are You The One? . Extrapolation . It’s Funny . Arjen’s Bag . Raju . Every Tear From Every Eye . So Close . Marbles .


Recorded in August 1968, Things We Like is an album by Jack Bruce with John McLaughlin, Dick Heckstall-Smith and Jon Hiseman. >>

Love Devotion Surrender by Carlos Santana & John McLaughlin is an album recorded with their respective bands, Santana and The Mahavishnu Orchestra and released on July 20, 1973. >>

Recorded during August 1972, Birds of Fire is the second studio (and the last by the original line-up) album by Mahavishnu Orchestra. >>

Shakti with John McLaughlin is the first album (recorded on July 5, 1975) by a group gathering John McLaughlin with L. Shankar on violin, Zakir Hussain on tabla, Ramnad Raghavan on the Mridangam and T. H. Vikku Vinayakram on Ghatam. >>

Released in January 1976, Inner Worlds is the sixth (and its last for nearly ten years ago) album by the Mahavishnu Orchestra. >>

Recorded in December 1974, Visions of the Emerald Beyond is an album by Mahavishnu Orchestra. >>

Released on August 14, 1971, The Inner Mounting Flame is Mahavishnu Orchestras first (and fully composed by John McLaughlin) studio album. >>

Recorded on December 6, 1980, Friday Night in San Francisco is a live album by Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucía. >>

Released on March 18, 2014, The Boston Record is a live album (recorded at at Berklee College of Music) by John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension. >>

Recorded on January 18, 1969, Extrapolation is the debut album by John McLaughlin. >>

Released on September 21, 1999, The Lost Trident Sessions is a studio (it would have been their third) album by the Mahavishnu Orchestra, recorded in 1973, >>

Mahavishnu Orchestra’s ‘Between Nothingness and Eternity’ is their first live (and the last with the original line-up) album recorded on August 17–18, 1973 in Central Park, New York and released in November 1973 by C.B.S. >>

My Goal’s Beyond by John McLaughlin is his third solo album released in June 1971 and dedicated to Indian guru Sri Chinmoy, his spiritual leader. >>

Released in September 1970, Devotion is the second album by John McLaughlin with Buddy Miles, Larry Young and Billy Rich. >>


[1990] the organisers of Expo ’92 in Seville, Spain present George Benson, Paco De Lucia, John McLaughlin, Stanley Clarke, george Duke & Larry Coryell together on stage to promote next year Universal Exposition. >> 75 MINUTES on RVM >>

[2013] John McLaughlin with his band, the 4th Dimension are in Singapore for the local jazz festival. >> 8 MINUTES on RVM >>

[1984] John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra perform at The Stone in San Francisco >> 6 MINUTES on RVM >>

[2001] John McLaughlin is among the artists invited by Jeff Beck during his three-night residency at Royal Festival Hall in London >> 16 MINUTES on RVM >>

[1971] if in England, do not miss Mahavishnu Orchestra at In Concert on BBC >> 30 MINUTES on RVM >>

[1980] German television is to film Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin & Paco De Lucia playing solo or together at Loreley Amphitheatre in St. Goarshausen, Germany >> 129 MINUTES on RVM >>

[2016] John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension – that is Gary Husband (kb, d), Étienne M’Bappé (b) & Ranjit Barot (drums) – perform at New Morning in Paris >> 76 MINUTES on RVM >>

[1986] English guitarist John McLaughlin and Swedish bass Jonas Hellborg will share the stage at Fabrik in Hamburg, Germany >> 102 MINUTES on RVM >>

[2012] it is the second night for John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension at Blue Note in New York City >> 9 MINUTES on RVM >>

[1986] Paco De Lucia and John McLaughlin play together on the Island (Insel Der Jugend) of the Treptower Park in East Berlin >> 77 MINUTES on RVM >>

[2013] John McLaughlin plays with Gary Husband (kb), Etienne Mbappe (b) and Ranjit Barot (d) at Blue Note Milano in Italy >> 10 MINUTES on RVM >>

[1977] John McLaughlin plays at Festival de Jazz de São Paulo at the Palácio das Convenções do Anhembi >> 8 MINUTES on RVM >>

[1999] Remember Shakti – that is John McLaughlin (g), Uppalapu Shrinivas (el mando), Zakir Hussain (tabla) and Selvaganesh Vinayakram (ghatam) – perform at Leverkusen Jazz Festival in Germany >> 21 MINUTES on RVM >>

[1971] The Mahavishnu Orchestra – that is John McLaughlin (g), Billy Cobham (d), Rick Laird (b), Jerry Goodman (v)and Jan Hammer (kb) – performs at Festival de Chateauvallon in Chateauvallon, France >> 81 MINUTES on RVM >>

[2005] BB King has invited all his friends at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland. Among them, John McLaughlin >> 2 MINUTES on RVM >>

[1977] John McLaughlin on guitar, L. Shankaron violin, Stu Goldberg on Fender Rhodes and Minimoog, Fernando Saunders on bass and Tony Smith on drums share the stage at Festival de Jazz de São Paulo at the Palácio das Convenções do Anhembi >> 24 MINUTES on RVM >>

[2016] guitarists John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring and their respective bands : The 4th Dimension for McLaughlin – that is Ranjit Barot (d), Gary Husband (kb, ds) & Etienne M’Bappé (b) – and The Invisible Whip for Herring – that is Jeff Sipe (d), Matt Slocum (B3,Clavinet), Jason Crosby (viol,Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer) & Kevin Scott (b) – will perform separately and together at Town Hall in New York City >> 125 MINUTES on RVM >>

[2015] during his 75th birthday celebration, Chick Corea has invited John McLaughlin plus Victor Wooten on bass, Lenny White on percussion at Blue Note in New York City >> 20 MINUTES on RVM >>

[1988] John McLaughlin will play with Katya Labeque and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra at The Munich Summer Piano Festival at the Philharmonie Concert Hall In Munich, Germany >> 56 MINUTES on RVM >>

[1994] John McLaughlin and The Free Spirits are at Jazz à Vienne in Vienne, France >> 48 MINUTES on RVM >>

[1997] John McLaughlin & The Heart Of Things are at Jazz à Vienne in Vienne, France >> 98 MINUTES on RVM >>


Wikipedia : This day (January 4, 1942), in  Doncaster, South Yorkshire (UK), is born John McLaughlin, an English guitarist, bandleader and composer.

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@last.fm : His 1970s electric band, The Mahavishnu Orchestra performed a technically virtuosic and complex style of music that fused eclectic jazz and rock with eastern and Indian influences.

@Discogs : In 1969, John McLaughlin moved to New York to play with Tony Williams’ Lifetime and he appeared on two classic Miles Davis records: In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew.

Photo : Vahan Stepanyan



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