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This Is Jazz, Vol. 17 - John McLaughlin

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Album Review

Though purists will find John McLaughlin's This Is Jazz, Vol. 17 frustratingly incomplete, it isn't designed for them. The entire This Is Jazz series is targeted at casual fans and neophytes who only want a sampling of a famous jazz artist. In that sense, this disc does its job quite well, featuring cuts by the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Shakti and One Truth, as well as collaborations with Carlos Santana, Tony Williams and Katia Labèque. Of course, this only is the tip of the iceberg as far as McLaughlin's work goes — after all, it only features his music for Columbia — but it's enough to spark the interest of anyone wanting to explore his vast catalog.

Customer Reviews

great introduction to mclaughlin

This album introduced me to a whole world of artists and sound I was missing.

Biography

Born: January 4, 1942 in Yorkshire, England

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of fusion's most virtuosic guitar soloists, John McLaughlin placed his blazing speed in the service of a searching spiritual passion that has kept his music evolving and open to new influences. Whether shredding on electric or simmering quietly on acoustic, McLaughlin's intensity and underappreciated versatility have nearly always kept his playing vital, and...
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