John McLaughlin, of Sheffield, also known as Mahavishnu, is an English jazz guitarist and composer. He played with Tony Williams' 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.
McLaughlin has been cited as a major influence on many generations from the '70s and '80s fusion guitarists, prominent players such as Steve Morse, Eric Johnson, Mike Stern, Al Di Meola, Pebber Brown and Scott Henderson. His influence did not stop in the 80's, as hardcore punk guitarist Greg Ginn of Black Flag cited Birds of Fire by The Mahavishnu. In 2010, Jeff Beck called him "the best guitarist alive".
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