Jerry Goodman

Jerry Goodman ( born March 16, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American violinist who was known primarily for his electrically amplified violin as a member of the fusion bands The Flock and Mahavishnu Orchestra.


As a child, Goodman received a classical training on the violin. In the late 1960s he worked as a roadie for the band The Flock, whose member he eventually became. In 1970 he left the group to retire to Wisconsin.

John McLaughlin committed Goodman in 1971 for the recording of his album My Goal 's Beyond and for his project Mahavishnu Orchestra.

After the Mahavishnu Orchestra had disbanded in 1973, Goodman recorded the album Like Children by Jan Hammer. His next recording, three solo albums, he made until the mid- 1980s. He was with his own band as well as with Shadowfax and the Dixie Dregs on tour.

Over time, Goodman accompanied many famous musicians in their recordings and made ​​music for various films. After a long pause he joined in 2005 and again to hear on the album Live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall by Gary Husband and his " Force Majeure ".

Discography (selection)

With The Flock

  • The Flock (1969 )
  • Dinosaur Swamps (1971 )

The Mahavishnu Orchestra

  • The Inner Mounting Flame (1971 )
  • Birds of Fire ( 1973)
  • Between Nothingness and Eternity (live, 1973)
  • The Trident Sessions (recorded 1973, released 1999)

With Jan Hammer

  • Like Children (1974 )

With Derek Sherinian

  • Black Utopia (2003)

Solo albums

  • On the Future of Aviation (1985 )
  • Ariel (1986 )
  • It's Alive (1987 )