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Steve Howe: terms of influencing Yes, the Mahavishnu Orchestra was part of a big jigsaw puzzle. We looked up to very few bands. That is not meant in a disrespectful way, but people like Mahavishnu were seen more like gods to us. I mean, I think we were good musicians and played what people considered to be very complicated music, but it didn’t compare.

Peter Max: Music, as with painting, is a process of creativity. The universe is the ultimate creation and as artists we allow this creativity to flow through us. When I approach a canvas my only expectation is to be surprised. In the same way the Mahavishnu Orchestra’s surprising use of energy, which flowed through their music, created the colors and the textures of their sound. The music was structured to be sure, but the band possessed this unlimited capacity for original thought and spontaneous creativity. This combination is what I think everyone was responding to when they heard them for the first time. It was for me.

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