John McLaughlin (born Jan. 4, 1942) is an English jazz-rock guitarist from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, active on the international jazz scene since the late 1960s. In 1969, he joined Tony Williams Lifetime for three albums and also appeared on the sessions for Miles Davis‘ seminal electrification releases In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew (1970). Concurrently, McLaughlin released his first solo album on Polydor-subsidiary Marmalade, followed by Devotion on Douglas in 1970.
In 1971, McLaughlin founded the Mahavishnu Orchestra with upcoming players from five different nations. The band released five albums and a live disc over a five-year period on Columbia. During 1976 and 1977, he released three albums with the ethno-jazz combo Shakti. A prolific run of solo and collaborative efforts followed over the next two decades.
- Extrapolation (1969)
- Devotion (1970)
- Where Fortune Smiles (1971 • John McLaughlin, John Surman, Karl Berger, Stu Martin & Dave Holland)
- My Goal’s Beyond (1971 • Mahavishnu John McLaughlin)
- Love Devotion Surrender (1973 • Carlos Santana & Mahavishnu John McLaughlin)
- Electric Guitarist (1978)
- Electric Dreams (1979 • John McLaughlin With the One Truth Band)
- Friday Night in San Francisco (1981 • Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin & Paco de Lucía )
- Belo Horizonte (1981)
- Music Spoken Here (1982)
- Passion Grace & Fire (1983 • John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola & Paco de Lucía)
- Adventures in Radioland (1986 • John McLaughlin and Mahavishnu)
- Mediterranean Concerto (For Guitar & Orchestra) (1990)
- Qué Alegria (1992 • John McLaughlin Trio)
- Time Remembered: John McLaughlin Plays Bill Evans (1993)
- Molom – A Legend of Mongolia (1995)
- After the Rain (1995 • John McLaughlin With Elvin Jones and Joey DeFrancesco)
- The Promise (1996)
- The Guitar Trio (1996 • Paco de Lucia, Al Di Meola & John McLaughlin)
- The Heart of Things (1997)
- Thieves and Poets (2003)
- Industrial Zen (2006)
- Floating Point (2008)
- To the One (2010 • John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension)
- Black Light (2015)
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