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The Montreux Years (Live)

John McLaughlin

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There are many jazz pianists and saxophonists out there, but you’re much less likely to come across a jazz guitarist. But when they do get noticed, they often end up becoming a genre unto themselves. John McLaughlin is the perfect example. This English guitarist was born in 1942 and is one of the most important figures within the jazz-fusion movement. McLaughlin, who sparkled in Miles Davis' first electric band in the late 1960s (he was at the heart of the trumpeter's ground-breaking album In a Silent Way), went on to become a superstar with the Mahavishnu Orchestra, a renowned group offering a daring cocktail of jazz, rock and Indian music. Whether working with Miles, Santana, Tony Williams or Jaco Pastorius, John McLaughlin always demonstrates that his talent is accompanied by a good dose of mysticism and, most importantly, taste. Alternating acoustic and electric projects, he tirelessly pursues his experimental art. Everything he produces is intrinsically linked to his personal spiritual quest, which means his concerts feel like a kind of communion with the audience. The Montreux Years is the perfect proof of that! Published in March 2022, this album brings together eight tracks (selected by the master himself) recorded at the prestigious Swiss festival between 1978 and 2016. McLaughlin has been at the helm of the Mahavishnu Orchestra (with Bill Evans, Mitchell Foreman, Jonas Hellborg and Danny Gottlieb), in the company of Paco de Lucia and in the bands One Truth (with Stu Goldberg, L. Shankar, Tom Stevens and Sonship Theus), Heart Of Things (with Gary Thomas, Jim Beard, Matt Garrison and Dennis Chambers), Free Spirits (with Joey DeFrancesco and Dennis Chambers) and 4th Dimension (with Gary Husband, Étienne Mbappé and Ranjit Barot). This is the ideal way to experience the work of a musician who lived to serve music. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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1
Radio Activity (Live - Montreux Jazz Festival 1984)
00:10:07

The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Instruments, MainArtist - John McLaughlin, Composer, Guitar, MainArtist

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2
Friendship (Live - Montreux Jazz Festival 1978)
00:09:26

THE ONE TRUTH BAND, Instruments, MainArtist - John McLaughlin, Composer, Guitar, MainArtist

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3
Nostalgia (Live - Montreux Jazz Festival 1984)
00:11:18

The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Instruments, MainArtist - John McLaughlin, Composer, Guitar, MainArtist

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4
Acid Jazz (Live - Montreux Jazz Festival 1998)
00:13:03

John McLaughlin, Composer, Guitar, MainArtist - The Heart of Things, Instruments, MainArtist

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5
David (Live - Montreux Jazz Festival 1987)
00:11:15

Paco de Lucia, Guitar, MainArtist - John McLaughlin, Composer, Guitar, MainArtist

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6
Florianapolis (Live - Montreux Jazz Festival 1987)
00:11:56

Paco de Lucia, Guitar, MainArtist - John McLaughlin, Composer, Guitar, MainArtist - Mitch Forman, Composer

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7
Sing Me Softly of the Blues (Live - Montreux Jazz Festival 1995)
00:08:05

John McLaughlin, Guitar, MainArtist - CARLA BLEY, Composer - The Free Spirits, Instruments, MainArtist

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8
El Hombre Que Sabià (Live - Montreux Jazz Festival 2016)
00:07:24

John McLaughlin, Composer, Guitar, MainArtist - the 4th Dimension, Instruments, MainArtist

© 2022 Montreux Sounds under exclusive license to Montreux Media Ventures and BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2022 Montreux Sounds under exclusive license to Montreux Media Ventures and BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd.

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There are many jazz pianists and saxophonists out there, but you’re much less likely to come across a jazz guitarist. But when they do get noticed, they often end up becoming a genre unto themselves. John McLaughlin is the perfect example. This English guitarist was born in 1942 and is one of the most important figures within the jazz-fusion movement. McLaughlin, who sparkled in Miles Davis' first electric band in the late 1960s (he was at the heart of the trumpeter's ground-breaking album In a Silent Way), went on to become a superstar with the Mahavishnu Orchestra, a renowned group offering a daring cocktail of jazz, rock and Indian music. Whether working with Miles, Santana, Tony Williams or Jaco Pastorius, John McLaughlin always demonstrates that his talent is accompanied by a good dose of mysticism and, most importantly, taste. Alternating acoustic and electric projects, he tirelessly pursues his experimental art. Everything he produces is intrinsically linked to his personal spiritual quest, which means his concerts feel like a kind of communion with the audience. The Montreux Years is the perfect proof of that! Published in March 2022, this album brings together eight tracks (selected by the master himself) recorded at the prestigious Swiss festival between 1978 and 2016. McLaughlin has been at the helm of the Mahavishnu Orchestra (with Bill Evans, Mitchell Foreman, Jonas Hellborg and Danny Gottlieb), in the company of Paco de Lucia and in the bands One Truth (with Stu Goldberg, L. Shankar, Tom Stevens and Sonship Theus), Heart Of Things (with Gary Thomas, Jim Beard, Matt Garrison and Dennis Chambers), Free Spirits (with Joey DeFrancesco and Dennis Chambers) and 4th Dimension (with Gary Husband, Étienne Mbappé and Ranjit Barot). This is the ideal way to experience the work of a musician who lived to serve music. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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