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BAREFOOT BOY

Larry Coryell

Jazz Rock/Fusion


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4.39 | 16 ratings | 2 reviews | 38% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1971

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Gypsy Queen ( 11:50 )
2. The Great Escape ( 8:39 )
3. Call To Higher Consciousness ( 20:00 )

Total time : 40:29

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Line-up / Musicians

- Larry Coryell / guitar

With:
- Steve Marcus / soprano (1,2) & tenor (3) saxophones
- Michael Mandel / piano (3)
- Mervin Bronson / bass
- Roy Haynes / drums
- Lawrence Killian / congas
- Harry Wilkinson / percussion

Releases information

Recorded at Ladyland Studios, NYC 1971

Artwork: Ultura Concepts with Bob Gruen (photo)

LP Flying Dutchman ‎- FD-10139 (1971, US)

CD One Way Records ‎- OW 71001 (2000, US)
CD BGP Records ‎- CDBGPM 269 (2013, Europe) Remastered by Nick Robbins

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LARRY CORYELL Barefoot Boy ratings distribution


4.39
(16 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(38%)
38%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
38%
Good, but non-essential (6%)
6%
Collectors/fans only (12%)
12%
Poor. Only for completionists (6%)
6%

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Review by Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk
5 stars Probably Larry Coryell's most important album outside the Eleventh House efforts, Barefoot Boy is the first truly jazz-rock album of his. Although LC took the Village Gate line-up of Bronson and Wilkinson, he future regular collabs Steve Markus (sax) and his old school friend Mike Mandel (KB) to make a sensational line-up that will make the next few albums' basis. With one of the poorer artwork of his early discography, BB is just three tracks but do they ever smoke, breathing in some cool rapid conga-fuelled rock and swallowing a wild sax and spewing out a torrid incandescent lava flow that will set fire to your speakers if listened to loud, let alone your brain cells.

Indeed the 12-mins Gypsy Queen is a long steady rapid-fire rock beat, but it serves as a base for Markus' absolutely wild sax solo, while Coryell either supports Markus or outdoes him in astounding Hendrix-like solos. The following 8-mins+ Great Escape is a much funkier (but in a very rock way) driven on Bronson's bass, where again LC is pouring his heart into his solo. Somehow the second Traffic line-up (Kwaaku Reebop) is not far away. The flipside is a sidelong extrapolation of The Higher Consciousness, where Markus and Coryell directly take the track into pure Nucleus-like fusion with Mandel pulling the track later in a Coltrane mode, although he won't match Tyner's brilliance, but still manage a good rendition. Too bad the track is plagued with an almost 4 minutes drum solo (Haynes is no Elvin Jones), but once the track resumes, complete madness has taken over the musos

Although LC had made some terrific albums up to this one, they were, shall we say a bit in the Hendrix mode, something that dramatically changes with BB. Well LC had found a stable group and it would be the same line-up to appear on next year's just as superb Offering and the much poorer Real Great Escape, before LC will take Mandel to found The Eleventh House. Possibly LC's crowning achievement, this album is an easy five star.

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4 stars Recorded at Lady Land studios in `71 Coryell grooves through three highly inprovisational pieces which are centered around his resplendent electric guitar playing and Steve Marcus` screeching saxes on this free for all which also features the relentless drumming of Roy Haynes. It`s a solid exampl ... (read more)

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