Guitar Legend: JOHN MCLAUGHLIN!
Today's Elevenses Throws Eleven Quick Questions At 'Guitar Legend' John McLaughlin!
Mahavishnu John McLaughlin is a jazz fusion guitarist who came to prominence with Miles Davis' electric jazz-fusion groups from the late 1960s. He is regarded by many as one of the most influential and technically gifted guitarists of all time, having mastered a remarkable range of styles and genres, including jazz, Indian classical music, Flamenco and fusion.
Since I get up around 6h30, by 11am I might go for a cappuccino!
I got crazy for the guitar before hearing one played. But shortly afterwards I heard Muddy Waters play and that sealed my fate.
I don't have one particular favorite guitarist. I listen to a number of them. They are Debashish Battacharya who plays on my new recording. John Scofield, Alan Holdsworth, Steve Morse, Steve Vai, Paco de Lucia and Frank Gambale.
Derek Trucks Band.
I have recently finished mastering a new CD 'Floating Point', and a DVD video recording of the live sessions in India of the making of the CD. In one month I will go on tour with the '4th Dimension' which is a new band that toured the US last year and will tour Europe this year. A few months ago I released another educational DVD 'The Gateway to Rhythm' which shows how to master rhythm without playing drums or percussion.
Last week I went to see Larry Carlton in Monte Carlo. Nice concert!
Throughout my career I have always played with my dream line-up. From 1969 I was playing with Tony Williams and Larry Young. The Miles Davis band, and since 1971 I've been running my own bands with the worlds greatest musicians - east and west.
8 or 9 instruments, and I love them all. I don't have a 'precious'. (my name is not Smeagol...). I have three old Gibsons: a J 200, a Les Paul Custom, and a Johnny Smith.
Two Abraham Wechter nylon string acoustics, a custom Mike Sabre electric and a number of Godin guitars. They recently sent me a beautiful new instrument!
John Coltrane 'Live at the Half-Note', recorded in 1965.