John McLaughlin’s farewell US tour began yesterday in Buffalo, NY. A few short cameraphone clips have appeared (mostly bits of ‘Meeting of the Spirits’) but this one’s a revelation. Though distant, JM is clearly playing a double-neck, presumably a PRS model. Prompted by the interviewer, he joked about asking the PRS luthier to make him such a thing in a recent ‘Jazz Times’ interview. I would guess that PRS had one lying around and, after the JT interview, gave the great man a call.
This is a glimpse of the Mahavishnu Orchestra’s ‘Trilogy’, clearly part of the end of night set with the JM band joined by Jimmy Herring’s band: