Acoustic Nation with Dale Turner: The Picking Prowess of John McLaughlin

by Dale Turner
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at 4:59pm

These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the October 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the Guitar World Online Store.

In the mid-to-late Sixties, while Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton were putting the rock into blues, John McLaughlin was injecting it and other flavors into jazz.

McLaughlin was influenced by a vast variety of artists, including Elvis Presley, the Beatles, James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone and the aforementioned British Invasion ax slingers, as well as Django Reinhardt, and avant-garde jazz saxophonists John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman. Indian classical music shaped his style as well.

Given such disparate inspirations, it iss perhaps not surprising that McLaughlin forged a unique musical path. In the early Sixties, he worked as a session musician, playing on select cuts for Dionne Warwick, Tom Jones, Donovan and others.

By the early Seventies, after recording and touring with Miles Davis and Tony Williams Lifetime, he was primed to form the seminal jazz-rock fusion band Mahavishnu Orchestra. As his career soared, McLaughlin put the acoustic guitar to the fore with the progressive Indian classical ensemble Shakti and the quasi-flamenco-flavored Guitar Trio (featuring Al Di Meola and Paco de Lucia), and on his numerous solo albums.


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