Mahavishnu Orchestra: The Dance of Maya
The Dance of Maya
The Inner Mounting Flame (Columbia CK 31067)
Jerry Goodman (violin), Rick Laird (bass guitar), Billy Cobham (drums).
Composed by John McLaughlin.
Recorded: New York, August 1971
Rating: 100/100 (learn more)
"The Dance of Maya" is part subterranean dirge and part electric blues hootenanny. Its opening stretched-out deep and distorted guitar arpeggio and bass accompaniment, performed in 10/8, stands against a background of eerie silence until the rest of the band forcefully join the fray. Suddenly there is a hard turn right and the Mahavishnu Orchestra gets down à la Papa John Creach and Hot Tuna! The hoedown dissolves into some serious shredding before the tune returns to its dark and haunting funereal beginnings.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky