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The Eleventh House Featuring Larry Coryell

  • The Eleventh House Featuring Larry Coryell [Vanguard, 1974] B-

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The Eleventh House Featuring Larry Coryell [Vanguard, 1974]
In person, Coryell's restless imagination has held its own against Alphonse Mouzon's cute Latin funkisms and Randy Brecker's plasma, perspiration, and lachrymal secretions. In fact, I've found the synthesis hard and multilayered--but maybe it was just loud. Here the guitarist's straining electronicism is subsumed in neat melodic contrivances. Depressing--when somebody deserves better for as long as Coryell, you begin to wonder. B-