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Larry Coryell: Larry Coryell With the Wide Hive Players

Larry Coryell isn’t out to impress anyone with intricate compositions, serpentine solos or transcendent group synergy on his recent album Larry Coryell With the Wide Hive Players. He’s just there to have a good time, he’s there to party-that much can be divined from the retro psychedelic soul-jazz album art.

While a laidback, what-the-hey approach may help some musicians in some situations, it’s also what’s wrong with this album. For one thing, Coryell doesn’t need to go and do a “retro” anything-the guy helped create the genre known as jazz-rock. He should also be able to record with pretty much anybody he wants to. So why did he align himself with a run-of-the-mill back-up band?

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