John McLaughlin Shakti YouTube
John McLaughlin and Shakti came to the fore in the mid seventies, at the time they had John McLaughlin on a guitar with a scalloped fretboard, some drone strings and an Indian gentleman L Shankar on violin both playing at an awesome speed. John was known for his explorations into electric improvised music with Mahavishnu Orchestra. John McLaughlan studied Indian music with Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, at one point Ali was rated the greatest musician in the world by Yehudi Menhuin (one of the worlds greatest classical viloinists) .
Unless a person has studied Indian music it could be difficult to miss how complex it is and in a way this playing is a part of guitar history because it took the guitar into new areas and created new possibilities and raised the standard of guitar playing way above what we had considered possible.
My favourite Shakti album was Handful of Beauty
The folowing John McLaughlin youTube was from 1974. The interplay between musicians is of an unbelievably high standard
To show the diversity of this musician I’ve added a youtube of him playing a jazz standard for the fun of it.
By the way he’s still playing.