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April 1999

Larry Coryell
Private Concert
Twin Rivers

This set-which reflects Coryell's diverse interests, ranging from jazz to pop to classical-is divided between sensitive, articulate solos, and duets with Vic Juris (who inexplicably goes unmentioned in the liner notes).

The jazz side of Coryell's musical persona manifests itself throughout "Sonny Moon for Two," a laid-back blues that ranges from funky to more uptown, and Tadd Dameron's "Hot House," an aggressive duet. Three pieces reveal his affection for more formal music: a pavane by Ravel, Gershwin's plaintive "Prelude #2," and "Spanish Suite," based on music by Joaquin Rodrigo. Throughout, Coryell demonstrates both his technical and conceptual depth, as he approaches each piece with confidence and imagination. And nowhere is that dynamic combination better evidenced than on George Harrison's "Something," a brilliant kaleidoscope of tones, textures, and fragments of other Beatles tunes.

Originally published in April 1999
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