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EUROPEAN IMPRESSIONS

Larry Coryell

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.63 | 5 ratings

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Mark-P
4 stars Larry Coryell is one of my guitar heroes, and I like him best on steel string acoustic guitar. The European Impression album is to me one of his best acoustic works.

This album consists of 7 tracks. The first three tracks were recorded from 1978 Montreux Jazz Festival, and the rest were recorded on studio. The Montreux Jazz Festival tracks are all fantastic.

First track 'Toronto Under the Sign of Capricorn' is my favourite track. This composition shows Coryell's inspiring guitar techniques: the fast picking, beautiful use of harmonics, and fierce blues strumming. The mood changes several times, make this nearly-9-minute composition enjoyable from the beginning to end. The sound is very natural, when listen carefully, we can capture the sound of plectrum stroking the steel string ' and it sound great for me.

'For Philip and Django' is another great track, with chords composition that reminds me to Villa-Lobos works (e.g. Choro No.1), but in jazzy way.

'Rodrigo Reflections' is kind of Coryell's homage to Joaquin Rodrigo, and yes ' there are few bits of Concierto de Aranjuez, a mix of jazz and flamenco flavor and hilariously take a part of traditional song Yankee Doodle. The version is different (or maybe expanded) from its release on 1976 'The Eleventh House: Aspects'. I like this version better, a lot of fun and passions.

The rest of tracks were recorded at NYC later in the same year. All are as well great tracks. 'April Seventh' is a nice (mainly in major scale) slower composition. 'The Silver Medley: Song for My Father / Sister Sadie' is a bluesy tune, with some rock'n'roll progression and licks. 'Copenhagen Impressions' has a lot of arpeggios, harmonic notes and unique bending. 'Variations On A Theme' is a short last piece, it's unique feature is the use of palm-muted notes.

Wonderful record! One of reference in steel-string acoustics fusion performance. It is kind of pure Coryell at his peak, summarising many of his great guitar playing technique.

Mark-P | 4/5 |

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