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Larry Coryell

Larry Coryell - Laid Back & Blues: Live at the Sky Church in Seattle - 2006 - Rhombus Records

Laid Back & Blues finds journeyman jazz guitarist Larry Coryell performing live with his quartet at the Sky Church in Seattle, WA. Backing Coryell here are pianist Mark Seales, bassist Chuck Deardorf, and drummer Dean Hodges. Also joining in for an inspired off-the-cuff take on Tracy Chapman's "Gimme One Reason" is vocalist Tracey Piergross. Throughout, Coryell does a nice job of mixing in such jazz standards as "Body and Soul" and "Straight No Chaser" alongside his more contemporary and challenging compositions including "The Dragon's Grate" and the pretty midtempo ballad "Tracy." This is an intimate-sounding album that truly showcases Coryell's superb post-bop style and deft guitar technique. © Matt Collar © 2011 Rovi Corporation. All Rights Reserved http://www.allmusic.com/album/laid-back--blues-live-at-the-sky-church-in-seattle-r853122

The immensely talented fusion guitarist, Larry Coryell plays a stunning live set of seven originals and three standards at Sky Church room at the Experience Music Project in Seattle, WA. Without a doubt, Larry Coryell is one of the world's greatest jazz/fusion guitarists, and his technique is stunning on this album. He is backed by some of Seattle's greatest jazz players including pianist Marc Seales, bassist Chuck Deardorf and drummer Dean Hodges. Tracey Piergross sings guest vocals on “Gimme One Reason” and unusually, Larry adds vocals to “Rock Me Baby”. This album is VHR by A.O.O.F.C, and Larry continues to be a groundbreaking force in the guitar world. Larry's "Fairyland" album is @ LARCOR/FYLAND and Larry Coryell & Steve Khan's "Two For The Road" album @ LARCOR-SKHN/24TR Listen to Larry Coryell and the late Emily Remler's "Together" album. Larry's "Tricycles" and "Barefoot Boy" albums are also classic jazz fusion albums. [All tracks @ 320 Kbps: File size = 137 Mb]


1. No More Booze Minor Blues - Larry Coryell (8:29)
2. Intro to Tracey - Larry Coryell (1:31)
3. Tracey - Larry Coryell (7:36)
4. Gimme One Reason/Rock Me Baby - Tracy Chapman, Joe Josea, B.B. King (4:38)
5. Body & Soul - Greene, Heyman, Sour (8:27)
6. Intro to Straight No Chaser - Larry Coryell (0:35)
7. Straight No Chaser - Thelonious Monk (8:19)
8. Denver in April - Larry Coryell (5:05)
9. The Dragon’s Gate - Larry Coryell (8:15)
10. Not Exactly Like BB - Larry Coryell (7:17)


Larry Coryell - Guitars, Vocal on "Rock Me Baby"
Chuck Deardorf - Bass
Marc Seales - Piano
Dean Hodges - Drums
Tracey Piergross - Vocals on "Gimme One Reason/Rock Me Baby"


As one of the pioneers of jazz-rock -- perhaps the pioneer in the ears of some -- Larry Coryell deserves a special place in the history books. He brought what amounted to a nearly alien sensibility to jazz electric guitar playing in the 1960s, a hard-edged, cutting tone, phrasing and note-bending that owed as much to blues, rock and even country as it did to earlier, smoother bop influences. Yet as a true eclectic, armed with a brilliant technique, he is comfortable in almost every style, covering almost every base from the most decibel-heavy, distortion-laden electric work to the most delicate, soothing, intricate lines on acoustic guitar. Unfortunately, a lot of his most crucial electric work from the '60s and '70s is missing on CD, tied up by the erratic reissue schemes of Vanguard, RCA and other labels, and by jazz-rock's myopically low level of status in the CD era (although that mindset is slowly changing). According to Coryell, his interest in jazz took hold at the age of four, and after his family moved from Galveston to the state of Washington three years later, he began to learn the guitar, studying records by Tal Farlow, Barney Kessel and Johnny Smith. As a teenager, he played in a band led by pianist Mike Mandel, and by 1965, he gave up his journalism studies at the University of Washington in order to try his luck in New York as a musician. Before the year was out, he attracted much attention jamming in Greenwich Village and replaced Gabor Szabo in Chico Hamilton's band. In 1966, he made a startling recorded debut on Hamilton's The Dealer album, where his blues and rock ideas came to the fore, and that year, he also played with a proto-jazz-rock band, the Free Spirits. Coryell's name spread even further in 1967-68 when he played with Gary Burton's combo, and he was one of the most prominent solo voices on Herbie Mann's popular Memphis Underground album (recorded in 1968). He, Mandel and Steve Marcus formed a group called Foreplay in 1969 (no relation to today's Fourplay), and by 1973, this became the core of the jazz-rock band Eleventh House, which after a promising start ran aground with a string of albums of variable quality. In 1975, Coryell pulled the plug, concentrating on acoustic guitar and turning in a prolific series of duo and trio sessions with the likes of Philip Catherine, Emily Remler, John Scofield, Joe Beck, Steve Khan and John McLaughlin. In the mid-'80s, Coryell toured with McLaughlin and Paco DeLucia, and in 1986 participated in a five-way guitar session with his old idol Farlow, Scofield, Larry Carlton and John Abercrombie for the Jazzvisions series. Coryell has also recorded with Stephane Grappelli, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins and Kenny Barron, and has taped Brazilian music with Dori Caymmi for CTI, mainstream jazz for Muse, solo guitar for Shanachie and Acoustic Music, and (for Nippon Phonogram in Japan) an album of classical transcriptions of music by Stravinsky and Rimsky-Korsakov. In other words, Coryell will probably remain as eclectic as ever throughout his career, which will no doubt make life difficult for musicologists with a yen for pigeonholing. Coryell's career in the 21st century has been just as active. 2004 saw the release of Tricycles, an excellent trio date with drummer Paul Wertico and bassist Mark Egan. Electric from 2005 found Coryell playing jazz standards and rock anthems with Lenny White on drums and Victor Bailey on electric bass. In 2006, he released the performance album Laid Back & Blues: Live at the Sky Church in Seattle. © Richard S. Ginell 2011 Rovi Corporation. All Rights Reserved http://www.allmusic.com/artist/larry-coryell-p6340/biography


A.O.O.F.C said...


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Danneau said...

I first heard Coryell at the old Fillmore and lost track of his work for many years, only to find that there was merit in what I had rejected and that there was a gold mine of his work in the interim that was worthy of serious listening, a lot of which is a source of considerable joy. Thank you for this.

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi,Danneau. Sometimes we don't give artists a proper hearing. Larry is a virtuoso of the guitar, and I can't think of any bad music he's produced. Thanks, & TTU soon...P

rintesh said...

Thanks for this post. Like Danneau, I am also re-discoverng Larry Coryell. Thoroughly enjoyable album.

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi,rintesh.It's often a musical education to go back and listen to artists we may have forgotten, and realize just how good they are. Larry Coryell is a master of the instrument, and I personally idolize his music. Thanks for comment, and keep in touch...P