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New Albums From Larry Coryell, Paul Wertico

On June 15 guitarist Larry Coryell (pictured) will have a new CD out on Steve Vai’s new Favored Nations Cool label. Titled Tricycles, the album finds Coryell in a trio setting with longtime Pat Metheny cohorts drummer Paul Wertico and bassist Mark Egan, who plays an electric fretless bass on this recording.

The trio recorded the album in Germany last fall, in the middle of a European tour. The album’s 10 tracks include a number of Coryell originals, plus one by Egan, two by Thelonious Monk and an album-closing, solo acoustic guitar rendition of the Beatles’ “She’s Leaving Home.” Of the originals, Coryell has recorded a few of these before. The tunes “Dragon Gate” and “Spaces Revisited” are both title tracks from previous Coryell albums on the Shanachie label. The guitarist reached as far back as his 1960s tenure with the Gary Burton Quartet for “Good Citizen Swallow,” which first appeared on Burton’s Lofty Flake Anagram (RCA, 1967) and showed up again 17 years later on Coryell’s Comin’ Home (32 Jazz). Tricycles‘s title track is the lone Egan composition, which Egan previously recorded for his 2001 album Freedom Town (Wavetone). Here’s the full track list:

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