Innumerable musicians who were temporarily of Davis' band attempted to prolong that musical experience and hold on to the public won through that contact. Transposing the energy of rock into their bands, they put their savoir faire as jazz musicians to the service of jazz-rock.
John McLaughlin, for example, met with great success with his Mahavishnu Orchestra, starting in 1971. He allied a virtuosic writing and incantations inherited from John Coltrane to a concern with technical performance that excited the rock audience. Mystical, like Coltrane, and fascinated with India, he blended the metric and modal sophisticated of Indian music with the rhythmic and harmonic effectiveness of rhythm and blues.
The pianist Jan Hammer was a pioneer in
exploring the phrasing possibilities offered by the first electronic
keyboards. The violinist Jerry Goodman attracted the public's attention,
and the drummer Billy Cobham gave proof of fascinating technique in
music with uneven meters.
Through their power, speed of execution and impressive equipment,drummers unleashed great excitement.
|Lenny White & Stanley Clarke, Return To Forever (1975)|
|Al Di Meola & Chick Corea, Return To Forever (1975)|
|Return To Forever (L-R) Lenny White, Chick Corea, Al Di Meola, Stanley Clarke|
|Herbie Hancock & Paul Jackson, Headhunters|