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John McLaughlin/Chick Corea: Five Peace Band Live

Looking back while looking forward isn’t easy, especially for legendary musicians who know that exploring new vistas trumps sentimental nostalgic journeys nearly every time. Still, it will be difficult for longtime fans to approach the overdue re-teaming of John McLaughlin and Chick Corea without high expectations based on the shared history of both musicians.

That history began in 1969, when the budding English guitar great and the Massachusetts-bred keyboard wizard came together under the auspices of Miles Davis to record In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew. Those heady albums created the rich template for what would soon become known as fusion. In their wake came such pioneering bands as McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra, Corea’s Return to Forever and several equally significant groups led by other Davis alumni.

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