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John McLaughlin Biography

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Birth Place: 4 January 1942 (age 68), Doncaster, England
Years Active: 1963-present
Genres: Jazz Fusion, World Fusion, Classical, Rock

John McLaughlin (born 4 January 1942 in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England), also known as Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, is an English jazz fusion guitarist and composer. He played with Tony Williams's group Lifetime and then with Miles Davis on his landmark electric jazz-fusion albums ''In A Silent Way'', ''Bitches Brew, and Jack Johnson.'' 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. His guitar playing includes a range of styles and genres, including jazz, Indian classical music, fusion, and Western classical music, and has influenced many other guitarists. He has also incorporated flamenco music in some of his acoustic recordings. The Indian tabla maestro Zakir Hussain has called John McLaughlin "one of the greatest and one of the important musicians of our times". In 2003, McLaughlin was ranked 49th in ''Rolling Stone'' magazine list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".