|Tags:||jazz fusion jazz fusion progressive rock jazz rock|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Led by guitarist John McLaughlin (4 January 1942, Yorkshire, England), between 1972 and 1976 the Mahavishnu Orchestra played a leading part in the creation of jazz rock fusion music. Mahavishnu was the name given to McLaughlin by his Hindu guru Snr i Chimnoy, and the units early work showed the influence of Indian ragas. The first line-up included several musicians who had played on McLaughlins The Inner Mounting Flame. The high-energy electric music created by keyboard player Jan Hammer, ex-Flock violinist Jerry Goodman, bass player Rick Laird and drummer Billy Cobham made Birds Of Fire a Top 20 hit in the USA. After releasing the live Between Nothingness And Eternity, whose lengthy Dreams sequence featured spectacular duetting between the guitarist and Cobham, McLaughlin split the unit. A year later, he re-formed the Mahavishnu Orchestra with entirely new personnel. Jean-Luc Ponty replaced Goodman, Narada Michael Walden took over on drums,...