CD Improvisations: Best of the Vanguard Years [CD Boxset] [2 discs] (CD 165684),
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Improvisations: Best of the Vanguard Years [CD Boxset] [2 discs]

  • 0. DISC 1: SOLO:
    1. Treats Style
    2. Lady Coryell
    3. Dream Thing, The
    4. Two Minute Classical
    5. You Don't Know What Love is
    6. Stiff Neck
    7. Cleo's Mood
    8. Improvisation On Villa Lobos (Prelude No. 4 In E Minor)
    9. Eyes of Love, The
    10. Gratitude a So Low
    11. Elementary Solo
    12. Rue Gregoire Du Tour
    13. Sweet Shuffle
    14. Ah Wuv Ooh
    15. Rene's Theme
    1. Spaces (Infinite)
    2. Low Tee Tah
    3. Adam Smasher
    4. Joy Ride
    5. Yin
    6. Entardecendo En Saudade
    7. Scotland Part 1
    8. Jam With Albert, The
    9. Rocks
    10. Planet End
    11. Rasputin
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 795402

  • Credits

    Personnel: Larry Coryell (vocals, guitar, piano, bass); Julie Coryell (vocals); Steve Marcus (soprano saxophone); Mike Lawrence, Randy Brecker (trumpet); Jim Pepper (flute); Mike Mandel (piano, electric piano, organ, synthesizer); Darius Brubeck (piano); Chick Corea (electric piano); John McLaughlin (guitar); Jimmy Garrison, Danny Trifan, Miroslav Vitous, Ron Carter, Albert Stinson, Chuck Rainey, Chris Brubeck, Mervin Bronson (bass); Bobby Moses, Elvin Jones, Alphonse Mouzon, Billy Cobham, Bernard Purdie, Dan Brubeck, Harry Wilkinson (drums).
    Producers include: Larry Coryell, Danny Weiss.
    Compilation producer: Tom Vickers.
    Recorded between 1969 & 1979. Includes liner notes by Sam Graham and Josef Woodard.
    All tracks have been digitally remastered.
    Personnel: Larry Coryell (vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass guitar); John McLaughlin (guitar); Michael Lawrence, Randy Brecker (trumpet); Mike Mandel (keyboards); Jimmy Garrison, Miroslav Vitous (bass instrument); Danny Trifan (bass guitar); Bobby Moses, Elvin Jones, Alphonse Mouzon, Billy Cobham (drums).
    Some of Larry Coryell's admirers have exalted him as the man who single-handedly invented fusion guitar. While that claim is a bit of an overstatement -- there were other jazz guitarists who were influenced by rock in the 1960s, including Pat Martino -- there's no doubt that he was a major innovator and played an indispensable role in the fusion revolution of the late '60s and '70s. Nor is there any question that everyone from John McLaughlin, Al DiMeola, and Bill Connors to Scott Henderson, Pat Metheny, and John Scofield is creatively indebted to him. A two-CD anthology that spans 1969-1979, Improvisations: Best of the Vanguard Years is full of trailblazing gems that were as important to jazz-rock as the breakthroughs of Miles Davis, Return to Forever, Weather Report, and McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra. Improvisations kicks into high gear with seven selections from Coryell's groundbreaking Lady Coryell date of 1969 (which drew on influences ranging from Wes Montgomery and Jim Hall to Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton) before providing many of his essential '70s jewels, including the congenial "Joy Ride," the Davis-minded "Yin," the intriguing "Scotland, Pt. 1," the abstract "Entardescendo en Suadade," and the haunting "Spaces (Infinite)." The list of players joining Coryell reads like a who's who of fusion: John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Miroslav Vitous, Randy Brecker, Alphonse Mouzon, and Billy Cobham are among the risk-takers he plays with on these sessions. Mouzon and Brecker, in fact, were members of Coryell's 11th House, one of the most important jazz-rock bands of the '70s and a unit that is well represented on this double CD. For those with even a casual interest in fusion, Improvisations is essential listening. ~ Alex Henderson

  • Critic Reviews
    CMJ (11/15/99, p.27) - "...You could easily file this under jazz, but the fuzz effects and sonic assault heard in these early recordings testify to the effect of rock on Coryell."
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  • Genre: Jazz
  • Label: Vanguard 79540
  • Distributor: Welk
  • Analog/Digital: n/a
  • Mono/Stereo: Stereo
  • Studio/Live: Studio
  • UPC: 015707954020
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