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Guitarist Larry Coryell has successfully explored a surprisingly wide variety of creative music since he hit the scene in 1965. But the four albums he made for Muse Records between 1984 and 1989 were notable as some of the first full recordings of his straight-ahead jazz playing. In each case, Coryell's superb, seamless playing is featured in a piano quartet. The fourth and final of Coryell's Muse releases, 1989's Shining Hour , is reissued here by 32 Jazz with a bonus reflection on "All The Things You Are" and features a sterling set of warm, relaxed post-bop classics. The program is mostly a collection of standards ("Yesterdays," "My Shining Hour") and popular jazz explorations (Wayne Shorter's "Nefertiti," Herbie Hancock's "The Sorcerer" and Dave Brubeck's "The Duke"), highlighted by Brian Torff's "Apathy Rains' and Coryell's typically light-hearted "Floyd Gets A Gig." It's all served up by a perfectly simpatico quartet featuring the always-perfect Kenny Barron on p! iano, the always succinct bassist, Buster Williams, and the then in-demand time keeping of drummer Marvin "Smitty" Smith. As always, Coryell shines in this context.
Songs: Nefertiti; Apathy Rains; Yesterdays; Floyd Gets A Gig; The Duke; My Shining Hour; The Sorcerer; All The Things You Are.
As a kid, my mom told me I'd like jazz. I thought she was nuts. Then I went to hear Cannonball Adderley (with Nat Adderley, George Duke, Walter Booker, Roy McCurdy and Airto) and everything changed. Yeah, mom knows best.