John McLaughlin: The Montreux Years sees the guitarist select his key performances at the legendary Swiss festival

John McLaughlin live at Montreux Jazz festival
(Image credit: John McLaughlin)

Fusion guitar legend John McLaughlin has announced the arrival of a new live collection, The Montreux Years – a curated selection of performances from his appearances at the famed jazz event.

The seven-track collection is due for release March 4 and sees McLaughlin pick his favorite moments from six sets, spanning the years 1978 to 2016. Among them are appearances with bands and former collaborators, including The Mahavishnu Orchestra, The Heart Of Things, The Free Spirits, The 4th Dimension and Paco de Lucía. 

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Matt Parker
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Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.