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4 stars This should be the Eleventh House's fourth album (this is a confusing discography given the Planet End album and the regular appearance of non-EH tracks on EH albums) and might just be their last studio album as well. Sporting a ghostly artwork and produced by Randy Brecker, this album is rather different than previous ones, with Mouzon having moved on (replaced by Gary Brown), but Mandel (keyboards) and Lee (bass) are still around and the trumpet is now with the Japanese Terumasa Hino. Among the guests are the Brecker brothers, Sanborn and the usual Khan on guitar.

The opening Kowtoon Jag is a splendid song filled searing guitars from LC, but the whole band shines, with even in the ansence of Mouzon's usual drumming, as Brown puts in his own paw in there. The closing section (just before the track ends with repeating the riff succession) with Lee's bass is simply awesome. The ultra funky Titus has a brass section resembling Tower Of Power, with Coryell managing a soaring call and response guitar passage with them. Pyramids is again very funky tune, but the "big" brass section is gone and it gives even more room for Coryell and Khan, but Mandel pulls in some excellent synth lines (his track). The closing Rodrigo Reflections shall give the confirmation that there are some definitive Spanish overtones over the full vinyl side, but the track is an acoustic solo piece, that shouldn't have fit on this album.

On the flipside, the very percussively funky Yin-Yang (penned by the rhythm section) is closer to Tower Of Power, EW&T, Commodores and Chic-type of funk than Eleventh House material with the prominent brass section. Mandel wrote the following Woman track, a slow starter, allowing him to play the electric piano and the track proceeding through a flurry of mood changes and tempos in a very prog manner. Excellent stuff. Some really cool swingy-funk brass section lines give a very fun edge to Ain't It Is, as is the closing short but ultra fast closing title track and its awesome speed of execution.

Although Aspects is most likely the last of Eleventh House, it doesn't mean that it is any less worthy than Introducing, Planet End, Level One or the live album. As a matter of fact, Aspects is more consistent and even than its predecessor. Excellent album giving an idea why EH was the better moment in LC's career, but it won't explain why EH never managed the success of RTF, WR, MO.

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Posted Thursday, March 13, 2008 | Review Permalink
3 stars It is likely to be able to divide as a situation in which he always showed the music character when thinking about the style of the music of Larry Coryell in some ages.

And, the continuousness of the music at which he should aim in the counterplan at that time when thinking about the influence given to directionality and other musicians of the music that he has done and the change will have the element that catches the frame of Jazz/Fusion as a new field when he performs and practices it.

Fact that he has already been established field as Jazz Rock while following item of Jazz in the 60's and reflected in work. And, a necessary to establish the music surrounding musician. The part that had to be called Jazz Rock might already have been established as a style of his music since the 60's. They appear remarkably in his solo Album.

Acoustic and the element of Electric had already reached the body as his style and had the element of Jazz Rock at an initial stage. Even the performance method might have had the unique aspect in the performance of man who sent music from the angle that had caught the field of Jazz/Fusion that derived referring to the item of Jazz always originally.

Activity of him after he had had this "The Eleventh House" appear in the world in 1973 was a flow that had exactly shown one methodology as a category of Jazz/Fusion. And, the album by which this active band had shown the delimitation as the band once as the name of Larry Coryell was this album. The activity of Eleventh House might have had the flow that showed a new challenge in the music character of Larry Coryell at the same time as receiving the top by this album.

The contribution of Percussion by the point and Mtume that appoints the Brecker brother for the recording of the album has succeeded in this album. The performance of Larry might give a little unremarkable impression as a part of the entire tune. However, it is establishment of the style as Jazz Rock at that time at the time of already thought by Larry Coryell. Or, it might be a result of basing the possibility concerning the performance as the band etc. enough.

"Kowloon Jag" indicates the direction as Jazz Rock enough. Guitar of Larry to answer hard performance and complex rhythm. And, perfect ensemble with the wind instrument. The tune progressed in fast Passage remarkably reflects Jazz Rock that Larry Coryell at that time thinks about in the tune. The reply of Ad-Rib by the rhythm and other musicians whom drum player's Gerry Brown produces might be the points that should make a special mention.

"Titus" is a tune in Jazz Rock that strongly unites the element of Funk. The theme of the section by the Brecker brother contributes. This brother's existence might be one of the most important flows when talking about Jazz/Fusion in this age. Twining of ..Hard.. guitar and has been established.

"Pyramids" is a tune with the element of Funk that listens easily. The part of "Tower of Power" might be a little reminiscent. However, the band can feel an advanced element as for the flow of the tune with originality. Guitar with part of transparent feeling. And, Percussion has been matched to the atmosphere of the tune.

As for "Rodrigo Reflections", the listener might be surprised at the part of the development visited a little suddenly when thinking about the entire flow of this album. It might have country tunes and the element of classics. The performance by irregular Trio that adds the rhythm of Mutume in addition to Duo of Steve Khan and Larry Coryell gives the listener the depth of the interior as the relief and the musician. Such a methodology will already have been his own element as one part of Larry Coryell. It is ..tune with a deep interest.. finished in the entire composition of the album.

In "Yin-Yang", making the sound of the keyboard and the section of the wind instrument are impressive tunes. It is one of the tunes that draw out the flow of the album enough while following the rhythm of Funk enough. It is possible to listen to twining of the part and the guitar of the obbligati of Mike Brecker etc. at ease.

"Woman Of Truth And Future" might be a tune for the idea that Larry Coryell practiced in the past to be able to visit. Part of trumpet by Terumasa Hino in addition to flow that gives relief. And, it is partial of the very unique theme that the band produces in union. The taste of good Fusion in the 70's will be exactly felt by me. The performance of Terumasa Hino that is unified to the trumpet that the mute is done and performed to the opening contributes. And, the flow of the theme frequently visited improves the perfection of the tune.

As for "Ain't It Is", a unique repeatedly theme twines round the rhythm of relieved Funk. Ensemble as the band has been established. It might be understood that the band is exactly composed in union in this album. The rhythm of the demiquaver sounds comfortably.

"Aspects" that decorates the end of the album is a tune that is the title of the album. It might be a tune that has succeeded as a tune of this album to establish the meaning as the band enough. The part of Passage where this tune with the element of Jazz Rock that the band produces in union is fast and a unique theme twines and it progresses. Unique keyboard and Percussion. And, Ad-Rib to which the trumpet explodes. And, the guitar that piles up the atmosphere of the tune. The performance of the band produces the atmosphere of good Jazz Rock.

The existence of this band that catches what should be of Jazz Rock/Fusion that Larry Coryell thought about at that time in the unique aspect and practices it might be music expressed as one style in the item of Jazz/Fusion. The listener feels the breath in the 70's.

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Posted Tuesday, October 20, 2009 | Review Permalink
3 stars Aspects is the obligatory mid 70's album where Larry Coryell attempts to throw some funk in the mix. In the end, it sounds more like Jeff Beck recorded for CTI in between Blow by Blow and Wired. The funk isn't really there, nor are the guitar freakouts Coryell made his name on in the early years. Inserted is a healthy dose of commercialism, instead of blazing a new trail the music follows trends to closely, probably owing to the presence of Randy Brecker in the producers chair. Terumasa Hino is a fine addition on the trumpet, but he can't ignite this tepid set.

It's a fine record, it just sounds a bit like these pros are going through the motions.

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Posted Saturday, October 5, 2013 | Review Permalink
3 stars An uneven and mixed bag of fusion and polished jazz-funk. It's nice trying new directions but hearing Coryell you can hear on which side his heart/guitar beats. The album starts strongly with an inspired fast fusion guitar chase. It's not Mouzon anymore behind the drum kit, but still good enough! With the second track, we get involved into a more comfortable funk territory. At least "Pyramids" has good guitar soloing. Delicious acoustic guitar is served at "Rodrigo Reflections". "Woman of truth and future" has good smooth fusion hooks and melody. "Aspects" ends the album on a better note, slightly nervous fusion mix with Coryell and Mandell chasing each other but trumpet not resting far behind. Good but probably not enough for most fusion fans.
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