Title - 'Aurora Coryellis' [Box set]
Artist - Larry Coryell
Larry Coryell is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the most respected and celebrated jazz fusion guitarists of his generation. Growing up he played in a number of popular Northwest bands, including the Dynamics, while living in Seattle. In 1965, Coryell moved to New York City where he became part of Chico Hamilton's quintet, replacing Gabor Szabo. In 1967 and 1968, he recorded with Gary Burton. Also during the mid-1960s he played with the Free Spirits, his very first recorded band.
He never looked back and so Aurora Coryellis is a three-CD box set featuring highlights from guitarist Coryell’s prodigious career. The incredible box set was released this past July 24th on Purple Pyramid Records, a subsidiary of Cleopatra, and has already caused quite a stir amongst all lovers of both his and jazz fusion guitar work lovers.
In this truly captivating box set of unreleased live performances, one that includes some of Coryell's best work as both a solo performer and with a full band - as well as with his talented trio featuring award winning drummer Paul Wertico and bassist Jeff Chambers - we are lucky enough to now be presented 24 previously unreleased tracks!
Assembled from recordings taken at three of Coryell’s live performances in the 1970s and early 2000s, these include a 1972 large ensemble performance at the Jazz Workshop in Boston, a 1976 solo acoustic show at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, and a 2002 trio appearance at the San Jose Jazz Fest with drummer Paul Wertico and bassist Jeff Chambers.
DISC 1: Jazz Workshop, Boston, MA - September 13, 1972
4. Scotland Part One
5. Offering (Reprise)
DISC 2: Clark University (Little Center) Worcester, MA - June 23, 1976
1. Julie La Belle
3. Rodrigo Reflections
4. Eyes of Love
5. Improvisations on Sarabande
6. The Restful Mind
9. Rene's Theme
10. Ain't It Is
11. St. Gallen
DISC 3: San Jose Jazz Festival, San Jose, CA - August 11, 2002
1. Trinkle Trinkle
2. In A Sentimental Mood
3. Bumpin On Sunset
4. Manha de Carnaval (Theme to Black Orpheus)
5. Spaces Revisited Part One
6. Spaces Revisited Part Two
7. The Dragon Gate (Excerpt)
In 1968, the guitarist released his debut album, Lady Coryell, the success of which led the formation of his own group, The Eleventh House. That same year, Coryell won the Guitar Player—Talent Deserving Wider Recognition award in the DownBeat Critics Poll.
It's that same can-do spirit, that ultimately led to success that makes this new live, and previously-unreleased collection from Larry Coryell such an incredible musical find. Indeed, Cleopatra have gone one step further in making this box-set a must-have for 2015, for they also include a full-color booklet. This contains extensive liner notes based on interviews with the fusion pioneer, whose musical résumé includes collaborations with some of jazz’s most innovative instrumentalists.
In closing, and for my money, Aurora Coryellis is a first rate example of uncompromising jazz-rock fusion, played by a titan at his peak, shortly before true-blue, instrumental-fusion was replaced by insipid, "easy listening", elevator-Fusak-music in the late seventies!