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Tom Coster: T.C. / Ivory Expeditions

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This CD presents two albums recorded by Tom Coster in 1981 and 1983. These sessions took place just a few years after Coster's six-year stint with Santana. Many hints of the music Coster composed and performed with Santana show through on some songs, such as the ballads "Magical Moments" and "I Give My Heart to You", although guitarist Joaquin Lievano (fresh from three years of high-octane fusion shredding with Jean-Luc Ponty) often lends the tunes a harder-edged fusion bite than Carlos Santana. (Fantasy FCD-24749). Examples that should send chills down the spines of guitar-god worshipers include "The Dragon" ...

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Tom Coster: Ivory Expeditions

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Back in the early '80s, when I was a beer-swilling, poverty-stricken, disco-hating, post-college naif, my favorite kind of music was jazz-fusion. My early-80s self was particularly smitten by Tom Coster's first two solo records. I regretted having to sell those albums to an Indian graduate student prior to one of my many cross-town moves. When I learned this summer that Fantasy was reissuing both albums on a single CD, I thought it might be fun to see if the music still moved me.The verdict? I still enjoy most of the tunes, but more than a few sound dated.

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Larry Coryell, Tom Coster, Steve Smith: Cause and Effect

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Pioneering fusion guitarist Larry Coryell has dabbled in many styles: straight-ahead jazz, psychedelic jazz-rock, classical, gentle acoustic music, Indian music, Brazilian jazz and pop-jazz. Coryell's embrace of disparate styles has resulted in several inferior albums, but I'm happy to report that Cause and Effect is not one of them. This is an impressive return to the guitarist's fusion roots, and his playing is incredible throughout.Coryell cranks up the decibels to heavy-metal range and rocks out with authority here. Keyboardist Tom Coster and drummer Steve Smith, both of Vital Information, help to boost the energy level. Coster plays electric ...

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Larry Coryell, Steve Smith, Tom Coster: Cause and Effect

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Legendary guitar genius Larry Coryell has reclaimed some of his early roots here with an explosive new cd on Tone Center records. Backed by stalwart session men Steve Smith (drums) and Tom Coster (kbrds) this is the stuff that Coryell admirers have been waiting for, especially after some recent and relatively sedate “smooth jazz" ventures.

Coryell was among the handful of jazz pioneers who ventured into experimental dabblings with jazz-rock and psychedelia. His classic collaborations with John McLaughlin, Mike Brecker and Oregon to name but a few were escapades into unknown turf during the 70's. His famed Eleventh House unit ...



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