Larry Coryell’s Eleventh House, Seven Secrets
The body of work of astoundingly prolific guitarist Larry Coryell crosses into a wide range of genres: hard and bluesy rock, progressive, straight-ahead jazz, and fusion. It’s the last of these for which he may best be remembered (Coryell died in February). Inspired by his work with fusion greats John McLaughlin and Chick Corea, Coryell formed his own fusion group, originally known as The Eleventh House. Less well-known than other pioneers of the genre, Coryell’s outfit nonetheless helped define fusion on its 1970s albums. More than 40 years after the original group disbanded, Coryell reactivated the group with former members (powerhouse drummer Alphonse Mouzon, trumpeter Randy Brecker and bassist John Lee) plus his son Julian for Seven Secrets. The fiery, adventurous album — Coryell’s final session, as it would turn out — picks up right where Eleventh House left off in the ‘70s.
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