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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 during the 70's and early 80's expanded upon jazz-rock-fusion. The Eleventh House was an extremely tight band which featured trumpeter Randy Brecker trading impossible unison runs with Coryell and also featured power house drummer Alphonse Mouzon. The Eleventh House were pioneers that paralleled the likes of Mahavishnu Orchestra and Weather Report. Since the demise of the Eleventh House, Coryell has performed and recorded with various units and has crafted a diverse resume of alliances with many notable musicians of different genres. He has recently explored the "jazz-lite" avenue along with some notable straight ahead romps for various labels.

"Cause and Effect" literally caused me to sit on the edge of my seat. Coryell and co. dazzle, astound and effortlessly rip through originals which rekindle memories of yesteryear. These guys are having a blast which is quite evident from the outset. A conglomerate of bluesy, swinging and rip-roaring tunes take the listener for a journey that is enticing and ultimately captivating. Take the opener "These Are Odd Times" as an example. Coryell is in your face with a sense of urgency. As things progress we get the message. Coryell's attack is devastating. The cuts on this cd represent some surprising twists and turns, lively funk, passionate interplay and memorable compositions. Veteran leader and session man Steve Smith is an amazing drummer. His swing at times is reminiscent of Buddy Rich, yet he can "out-rock" most rock drummers. Tom Coster performs marvelously on the keys. All in all the support is stellar and invigorating. Bassist's Victor Wooten and Bennie Reitveld lend a helping hand on several cuts when Coster isn't stomping on the bass pedals.

This cd is a moving tribute to one of the great guitarists of the 20th Century. Coryell is back with no holds barred. Enjoy and PLAY IT LOUD! Highly Recommended (not for lovers of "lite-jazz")

Tracks:These Are odd Times; Plankton; Wrong Is Right; Bubba; Cause and Effect; Night Visitors; Miss Guided Missle; First Things First; Night Visitors Revisited; Finale: Wes and Jimi

Title: Cause And Effect | Year Released: 1998 | Record Label: HighNote

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