In Memoriam. Larry Coryell, a guitarist who played rock 'n' roll as a teen but wound up pioneering jazz-rock fusion starting in the mid-1960s and then psychedelic fusion in the early '70s, died on Feb. 19. He was 73. RIP Mr. Coryell. In the 1970s, Germany's Radio Bremen simulcast a series of modern jazz concerts from all across the spectrum, and wisely archived them. Record producer Consul Bodo Jacoby was looking for a new project after losing the rights to reissue the MPS catalog and recalled them. His Promising Music label is issuing a number of these vintage performances in what he calls the Livelove series, of which January 1975 is the first volume.
Veteran guitarist Larry Coryell's third High Note CD is primarily a bop-oriented quartet session with pianist John Hicks, bassist Santi Debriano, and drummer Yoron Israel. The music ranges from a superb arrangement of Joe Henderson's "Inner Urge" to a subtle take of Herbie Hancock's "Dolphin's Dance"; Debriano contributed the brisk samba "Abra Cadabra." The leader switches to acoustic guitar for his duet with Debriano of Ray Bryant's tasty blues "Tonk"; he also plays acoustic guitar during a solo take of his intricate "Turkish Coffee." Producer Don Sickler adds his potent trumpet to two numbers written by Harold Land: the hard-driving "Compulsion" and the more easygoing "Terrain." This very enjoyable session is heartily recommended.
Jazz guitar icon Larry Coryell, one of the most respected and celebrated guitarists of his generation, offers this brand new album of seven original compositions! In addition to Coryell's signature guitar playing, this album features the talents of award-winning pianist Lynne Arriale, longtime Coryell collaborator John Lee on bass, Dan Jordan on saxophone and flute, and drummer Lee Pierson!
After the splendid Barefoot Boy, would Larry Coryell’s troupes manage to follow it up as brilliantly with Offering?? Certainly LC didn’t feel the need to change a winning team, so he also kept producer Weiss. With a semi-psych artwork, you’d guess this album would allow for looser themes, but actually, quite the opposite, this is a collection of much tighter tracks.