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Laid Back and Blues (Live)

Larry Coryell

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Laid Back & Blues finds journeyman jazz guitarist Larry Coryell performing live with his quartet at the Sky Church in Seattle, WA. Backing Coryell here are pianist Mark Seales, bassist Chuck Deardorf, and drummer Dean Hodges. Also joining in for an inspired off-the-cuff take on Tracy Chapman's "Gimme One Reason" is vocalist Tracey Piergross. Throughout, Coryell does a nice job of mixing in such jazz standards as "Body and Soul" and "Straight No Chaser" alongside his more contemporary and challenging compositions including "The Dragon's Grate" and the pretty midtempo ballad "Tracy." This is an intimate-sounding album that truly showcases Coryell's superb post-bop style and deft guitar technique.

Biography

Born: 02 April 1943 in Galveston, TX

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

As one of the pioneers of jazz-rock — perhaps the pioneer in the ears of some — Larry Coryell deserves a special place in the history books. He brought what amounted to a nearly alien sensibility to jazz electric guitar playing in the 1960s, a hard-edged, cutting tone, phrasing and note-bending that owed as much to blues, rock and even country as it did to earlier, smoother bop influences. Yet as a true eclectic, armed with a brilliant technique, he is comfortable in almost every style,...
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