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“You Know You Know” . . . . . : The Mahavishnu Orchestra

There were records that were pivotal in my wanting to play music: Allman Brothers Live At The Fillmore East and Eat A Peach, Grateful Dead Live Dead and Europe 72 and Mahavishnu Orchestra Inner Mountain Flame and Birds Of Fire.  The

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Between Miles and Mahavishnu: John McLaughlin’s “Devotion”

John McLaughlin, guitarist extraordinaire, came to New York in 1969 at the behest of drummer Tony Williams to join his new group. He immediately found himself playing a record date with Williams’ former employer, Miles Davis on what was to

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Follow Your Bliss – Guitar Shredding Edition: Santana/McLaughlin’s Love Devotion Surrender

A previous post discussed the work of Alice Coltrane, 2nd wife to jazz legend John Coltrane, as an  example of a specific strain of jazz in the late sixties/ early seventies that has been referred to as Spiritual Jazz. The

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