At the dawn of the 1970's, British guitarist John McLaughlin, fresh from recording Miles Davis’ seminal Bitches Brew, reinvented the possibilities of his electrified instrument. With his Mahavishnu Orchestra he unveiled an ecstatic, spiritual hybrid of rock and jazz, epitomized by the band’s visionary debut, The Inner Mounting Flame. On a series of vital records McLaughlin declared that the most fertile territory for future improvisation was bold, high-volume fusion, a perfect extension of his work with Davis. Though he disbanded the Mahavishnu Orchestra in the late ’70s and often reinvented himself in subsequent decades, his exploratory approach remained.
For The Meeting of the Spirits tour, McLaughlin’s first comprehensive U.S. trek in nearly a decade, he revisits slices of Mahavishnu’s catalogue for the first time in forty years. He does so in esteemed company. Widespread Panic guitarist and jam-band icon Jimmy Herring, an avowed McLaughlin acolyte, opens with his five-piece band The Invisible Whip. They turn over the stage to McLaughlin’s astounding band the 4th Dimension. The 4th Dimension and The Invisible Whip then rendezvous for a third and final set to through the classic archives of the Mahavishnu Orchestra.
“The best guitarist alive”
—Jeff Beck on John McLaughlin
“A breakneck stylist, McLaughlin was peerless, mixing psychedelic rock, R&B, gypsy jazz, flamenco, and Indian raga techniques.”
“A furious, high-energy, yet rigorously conceived meeting of virtuosos that, for all intents and purposes, defined the fusion of jazz.”
|Sun, Nov 12, 2017 • 7:30 PM|
-In Person: 123 Vivian Street, Durham, North Carolina 27701
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