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The Coryells: The Coryells

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This all-acoustic affair is also a family affair, teaming the great guitarist Larry Coryell with his two guitar-playing sons, Murali and Julian. Reminiscent of the father’s 1978 acoustic offering, The Lion & The Ram, it includes something old (a cover of Larry’s “Zimbabwe” from 1979’s Tributaries), something new (Julian’s ballad “Something Pretty”), something borrowed (Mingus’ “Goodbye Porkpie Hat”) and something blue (Murali’s “Somebody’s Got to Win, Somebody’s Got to Lose”). The three also adapt Larry’s “Sentenza Del Cuore” from his ambitious “Concerto for Two Jazz Guitars & Symphony Orchestra” and cover his “Low-Lee-Tah” from 1974’s Introducing the Eleventh House, an album originally recorded when the two Coryell siblings were still in diapers.

The sparks fly on “Sink or Swim,” Julian’s bravado vehicle for his very accomplished fleet-fingered exchanges with dad. Bassist Brian Torff joins Julian for an intimate duet of his harmonically sophisticated “Something Pretty.” Brother Murali adds an earthy presence to the proceedings with his gutsy, gruff vocals, bringing out Dad’s natural blue note tendencies on Muddy Waters’ “Trouble No More.” Murali also turns in a persuasive reading of Al Green’s soul anthem “Love and Happiness.”

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