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Larry Coryell


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.06 | 11 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars I feel that the best album Larry released was "Barefoot Boy" and this particular album "Offering" was released the following year in 1972. Not nearly as good in my opinion but the joy for me with this recording is just listening to the impressive instrumental work. A five piece band of electric piano, guitar, drums, bass and soprano sax and I admit I'm not the biggest fan of soprano sax but this album certainly deserves the 4 stars I'm giving it. I found it interesting as well that Larry used two songs from Jazz keyboardist Doug Davis. Larry and the drummer composed the rest.

"Foreplay" opens with some distortion as a beat and keys kick in followed by sax. An uptempo Fusion track with the soprano sax playing over top until the guitar takes over around 3 minutes. It settles back around 6 minutes although it's still uptempo. The sax is back before 8 minutes to end it. "Ruminations" is led by sax and drums early but electric piano and bass help out here as well. Some nice drum work just before a minute as it turns quite jazzy, especially the piano and bass. The guitar arrives ripping it up as it trades off with the sax until they both light it up.

"Scotland I" opens with different sounds coming and going until around 1 1/2 minutes when outbursts start to come and go. An impressive instrumental display. It calms right down late. "Offering" has intricate drumming and guitar with electric piano and bass. I like this a lot. Coryell starts to light it up after a minute then it's the sax turn after 3 minutes. A great track.

"The Meditation Of November 8th" is the one track I can't get into. It's very relaxed with smooth sax, picked guitar and bass to start. It does pick up some before 2 minutes but I'm not into this one. "Beggar's Chant" features the sax playing over the electric piano, bass and drums. The guitar joins in as it builds. Check out the fuzz-wah electric piano! The guitar starts to solo after 4 minutes.

One Of Larry's better albums for sure, at least in his top five counting his work with ELEVENTH HOUSE.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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