Mahavishnu Orchestra

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1996 (The 1997 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

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The Inner Mounting Flame (1971)

Mahavishnu Orchestra @ Wikipedia

Mahavishnu Orchestra Videos

Will Mahavishnu Orchestra be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


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Posted by Mr. Octagon on Friday, 09.19.08 @ 23:36pm

Listening to them for the first time (on YouTube) it seems really odd that the Nominating Committee has never discussed the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Given that Miles Davis is in the Hall for his fusion work, one would think that a band who expanded that sound would at least be known to most of the Nominating Committee. In addition, the Mahavishnu Orchestra sold quite a lot of records - enough to make them well-known in their time.

Posted by Julien Peter Benney on Sunday, 10.19.08 @ 21:49pm

They have a very interesting sound. One of the few fusion groups that I enjoy. "Birds of Fire" is about as hard as jazz-rock can get. I don't think they will ever be inducted, but they are definately worth a listen.

Posted by Dude Man on Wednesday, 08.26.09 @ 17:49pm

Really important and very cool jazz fusion act.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Thursday, 03.24.11 @ 14:21pm

Greatest band I have ever heard featuring one of the greatest guitarists on earth showing mastery in Jazz Fusion, Eastern/Western Classical Music, Funk and Flamenco. Billy Cobham being one of the greatest drummers also shows mastery in Jazz Fusion and especially FUNK. Jan Hammer showing much talent in Jazz Fusion working with many others like Jeff Beck. Jean Luc-Ponty being one of the better violinists in Jazz showing mastery in Jazz Fusion and Western Classical Music. Also Rick Laird (not the best), but showing his skill with Jazz Fusion in "The Lost Trident Sessions".This Band was essentially the Miles Davis Big Band of Jazz Fusion leading many onto a successful journey through the genre.
John is definitely amazing though joining The Tony Williams lifetime in the 60's and making his album that is good to this day,"Extrapolation". Having been in Miles Davis' band, he was one of many, like Joe Zawinul, Billy Cobham, Tony Williams, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Larry Coryell, Chick Corea, and Bill Evans (Sax) who went on to pioneer in the jazz fusion movement.Also having formed the mahavishnu orchestra blending jazz, with Rock, Eastern/Western Classical Music and Funk.
Not to mention his band Shakti with Zakir Hussein. He also played with Larry Coryell, Paco de Lucia, and Al di Meola in the style of flamenco and classical music. Between the split of both of the original mahavishnu lineup and the formation of the second lineup he collaborated with artists like Carlos Santana and Jimi Hendrix.

Posted by Vince on Sunday, 06.2.13 @ 05:57am

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