BBC Sounds – J to Z: John McLaughlin, plus Joey Alexander in concert

Jumoké Fashola presents a rare interview with British guitarist John McLaughlin who shares some of the music that inspires him and shapes his own boundary-breaking approach. McLaughlin regularly features on lists of the world’s greatest guitarists and is recognised as a pioneer of jazz fusion, blending jazz with genres such as flamenco, rock, blues and classical music.

Over the course of his career he has played with everyone from Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones to Tony Williams, Wayne Shorter and Miles Davis (he famously has a song named after him on Davis’ Bitches Brew). Also in the programme, live music from Indonesian pianist Joey Alexander, recorded in Baltimore with his trio. Alexander released his debut album when he was just 11 years old and has since worked with Wynton Marsalis, Esperanza Spalding and Chris Potter. Here he plays music from his soulful latest album, Warna.

Produced by Thomas Rees for Somethin’ Else.



1 Daniel Freedman & Gilad Heselman – La Sirene

2 Joey Alexander – Soul Dreamer

3 Meg Bird – East Of The Sun

4 Rachel Eckroth – Oil

5 Shakti & John McLaughlin – Mind Ecology

6 Alex Hitchcock, Chris Cheek, David Adewumi & Cherise – FSTL

7 Joey Alexander – Warna

8 Anita O’Day & Gene Krupa – The Walls Keep Talking

9 John McLaughlin – As The Spirit Sings

10 Muddy Waters – Can’t Be Satisfied

11 Fosforito & Paco de Lucía – Plazuela del Mentidero (Bulerias de Cadiz)

12 Miles Davis – Blue In Green

13 John Coltrane – Pt. III – Pursuance

14 Tigran Hamasyan – Hayrapetakan Maghterg

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