Mahavishnu Orchestra

Genres: Jazz Musicals & The Arts
Descriptive "tags": jazz fusion jazz fusion progressive rock jazz rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: Allmusic Wikipedia


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 unit’s early work showed the influence of Indian ragas. The first line-up included several musicians who had played on McLaughlin’s 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,...

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