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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.
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.