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Larry Coryell’s 11th House: Seven Secrets (Savoy Jazz)

Seven Secrets,  final leader recording from guitarist Larry Coryell before his death in February, is uneven. Actually, that’s an understatement—it seems to be two separate albums entirely, with a remarkable drop in quality between them. This final incarnation of 11th House, Coryell’s seminal mid-’70s fusion group, features three of the band’s charter members (the leader, … Read More “Larry Coryell’s 11th House: Seven Secrets (Savoy Jazz)”

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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 … Read More “Larry Coryell: Larry Coryell With the Wide Hive Players”

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Improvising: My Life In Music by Larry Coryell

Judging by its title, and the fact that there are 30 pages of reprinted instructional columns from Guitar Player and a bonus CD, you might get the impression that Larry Coryell’s autobiography is for fellow guitarists only. Far from it. The 64-year-old fusion icon writes in a conversational style within short chapters, almost giving the … Read More “Improvising: My Life In Music by Larry Coryell”

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