That time Jeff Beck told me that John McLaughlin was “the greatest player around”

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By Steve Newton

In my 35 years of writing about rock musicians I’ve never been as psyched as I was back in January 2001 when I got the chance to interview Jeff Beck.

He was heading to Vancouver for a rare club appearance at the historic Commodore Ballroom, and I contacted him in London, England, to get the scoop on that gig and his soon-to- be-released album, You Had It Coming.

In my unhumble opinion, Beck was–and still is–the world’s greatest living rock guitarist.

During the course of the interview I mentioned how he’d jammed with many of the biggest names in rock and blues guitar, then asked if there was one player alive who he’d most like to jam with.

He picked John McLaughlin.

Have a listen:

 

 

2 responses to “That time Jeff Beck told me that John McLaughlin was “the greatest player around”

  1. Jeff Beck had jammed with John McLaughlin prior to this Great audio/interview clip.I saw them jam on Jimi’s Manic Depression and a few others, ’98ish, at the Montreaux Jazz Fest.

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