Rare Birds – Top Five Pioneers of “Rock Violin”….# 4

Number 4…….

Jerry Goodman – The Mahavishnu Orchestra

 With his buffed physique, aggressive attack and lightning speed; Goodman was among the first electric violinists to bring real rock attitude and volume to an instrument more associated with delicacy and nuance. I saw him stand on stage and slug it out for two hours with John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham, and Jan Hammer at the Roxy in 1974. For that reason alone he earns his spot on this list.