The fact that guitarist Larry Coryell is such a well-known luminary when it comes to the fusion movement of the '70s obscures the fact that he is one hell of a "straight ahead" player as well. During the '80s, Coryell was able to document his more traditional chops on a series of four dates he led for the Muse label. Shining Hour, from 1989, couldn't be a better showcase for the guitarist and it's a fine choice for reissue. Obviously, Coryell was inspired by the top-notch rhythm section assembled, including master pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Buster Williams, and drummer Marvin "Smitty" Smith.
The focus here is largely on standards, although we do get two Coryell originals including the gorgeous "Apathy Rains", a duet for Barron and Coryell on acoustic guitar. A pair of tunes associated with Miles Davis, "Nefertiti" and "The Sorcerer", suggest how pervasive Davis' influence had become and continues to be. And while Coryell is surely in rare form, let us not forget to mention the solid contributions of Barron and Smith. Both men have distinctive personalities and that innate ability to inspire others with their textural shadings and nuances. The bonus track, "All the Things You Are", succinctly wraps up a delightful set and one can only hope that 32 Jazz will see fit to reissue Coryell's other Muse dates in the near future.
Track Listing: Nefertiti, Apathy Rains, Yesterdays, Floyd Gets a Gig, The Duke, My Shining Hour, The Sorcerer, All the Things You Are
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.