Watch the It's The Blues online guitar lesson by Tom Dempsey from 50 Jazz Master Licks You MUST Know
An important guitarist especially in the fusion movement is the English guitarist John McLaughlin. As a sideman he performed in legendary groups including the Tony Williams Lifetime group and with Miles Davis on such landmark records as Bitches Brew, In A Silent Way, A Tribute To Jack Johnson and On The Corner. One of the most influential groups in the fusion movement was his band called Mahavishnu Orchestra. They played very complicated music that drew upon influences from jazz, rock and traditional Indian music which McLaughlin has studied intensely. This first lick though is from one of his early influences, the blues. It is characteristically McLaughlinesque while having a great definitive quality.