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Julian Coryell: Duality

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The son of guitar hero Larry Coryell makes his own mark on this Stateside debut (originally released last year in Japan). And while his singing-guitar playing brother Murali has focused his career on contemporary blues (a la Robert Cray), Julian has decided to go down a smooth jazz path. Given the genre, the music is often soft and simple, melodic and non-threatening, as on “Gay’s Flight,” “Seryozha’s Lament,” “The New Duality” and the lightly hip-hop flavored “Darkman.” His warm-toned legato phrasing along with certain chromatic statements and intervallic leaps are often a little too close to Metheny for comfort (particularly on the two jazziest offerings, “Mr. Snike” and “Truth”) but the kid obviously has a command of the instrument and occasionally shows flashes of his father’s fleet-fingered bravado, as on an exhilarating instrumental rendition of Steely Dan’s “Deacon Blues.”

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