Count's Jam Band: Larry Coryell-Steve Marcus-Steve Smith-Kai Eckhardt: Reunion
The proceedings commence with all of the vitality and impact one might surmise on the piece titled, “Scotland”, where Marcus and Coryell state the primary theme via punishing, yet profusely melodic union lines atop Smith and Eckhardt’s thrusting rock beats. Throughout, Coryell demonstrates his Texas blues-rock roots and seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of jazz chords and voicings. The musicians also effectively utilize space in between choruses which is evident on works such as “Reunion”, “Blues for Yoshiro Hattori” and elsewhere while guest artist, pianist Jeff Chimenti lends his considerable wares to the swinging, high octane, “Rhapsody & Blues.
The quartet surges onward via Coryell’s Hendrix-ian, psycho wah-wah soloing, the bustling rhythms and Marcus’ razor sharp, - aiming for the stars – style of soloing, whereas Marcus and Coryell counterbalance the flow with the poignant yet lissome, “Ballad For Guitar & Soprano”. Essentially, Reunion is a potent, top-flight production, brimming with memorable arrangements and heated interplay amid the grace and splendor of a condor in free flight! Strongly Recommended.
Track Listing: Scotland, Reunion, Rhapsody & Blues, Pedals and Suspensions, Foreplay, Blues for Yoshiro Hattori, Tomorrow Never Knows, Ballad for Guitar and Soprano, Jammin
Personnel: Larry Coryell; guitars: Steve Marcus; saxophone: Kai Eckhardt; bass: Steve Smith; drums
Record Label: Tone Center
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock