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LADY CORYELL

Larry Coryell

Jazz Rock/Fusion


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3 stars 3.5 stars really!!!

LC's second album (released on his usual Vanguard label) is obviously dedicated to the missus, who was apparently pregnant a second time (see the album's fourth track title) and is a bit of a pot-pourrit, just like Larry's early albums were, and is noteworthy for the appearance of two Coltrane cohorts, Jones & Garrison. The album ranges from straight jazz to purposely poorly recorded country tracks (the Dylan- sounding Two Minutes Classical and the opening Grateful Dead-like Herman Right), to the Cream-esque Sunday Telephone and the purely Hendrix-ian title track (much reminiscent of Jimi's 1983/Tides) with its 6- mins+ of searing guitars.

The album's much jazzier flipside starts on the dreamy Thing, soon followed by Garrison's Treats Style and the cover of What Love Is, both in a very traditional jazz. Stiff Neck is one of this side's highlights with its jammy guitars with Elvin Jones' excellent drumming. Note that LC ^lays all bass on this album, but on this particular track, he chose guits & drums. The excellent Cleo's Moods closes the album in a fantastic guitar feast.

Lady Coryell is certainly not LC"s best early album, but it remains very much a good career-consolidating album, that deserves to be included in the progheads' second or third batch of LC album acquisition. Still recommended enough, but it is rather uneven.

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3 stars Great first Coryell's album as he showcases his talent and versatility. Not quite versed in fusion, he goes well with a mixture of blues, jazz and psychedelic rock. Vocal qualities are not the worst ones. Tracks have surprisingly much charm and emotions which is not typical for fusion guitar players. You can hear an obvious vocal and guitar Hendrix's influence on tracks like "Sunday telephone". "Treats style" has the closest jazz feeling but certainly not up there with Montgomery. "Stiff Neck" is another highlight with guitar and drums getting loose and wild, Coryell is showing great fluidity and creativity on guitar. "Cleo's mood" is a bluesy number, a nice end to this album.
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