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One on One
John McLaughlin
The jazz guitarist and musician describes the inspiration behind his unique fusion techniques and his career.
Last Modified: 23 Dec 2010 11:17 GMT

Jazz fusion musician John McLaughlin was ranked by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. His ability to blend jazz, rock, Western and Indian classical music is admired by audiences around the world.

As the youngest of five children and born into a family of musicians, McLaughlin studied violin and piano as a young child. He discovered guitar in his early teenage years and dedicated himself to mastering it for years to come. 

As he evolved spiritually through the influences of eastern thought and philosophy, so did his musical talents. McLaughlin's electric band 'Mahavishnu Orchestra' and acoustic group 'Shakti' quickly rose to global fame.

Throughout his career he has collaborated with Miles Davis, Carlos Santana, Zakir Hussain, Chick Corea, and others from diverse musical backgrounds. In his interview with Riz Khan, McLaughlin describes the inspiration behind his evolution as a musician and long-standing career in the industry.

This episode of One on One can be seen from Saturday, December 25, at the following times GMT: Saturday: 0730, 2330; Sunday: 0300; Monday: 0630; Tuesday: 1230; Wednesday: 1430; Friday: 0300.

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