Songwriter, band leader, and background vocalist Larry Cordle invited several of his famous friends to join him on the album, appropriately titled All-Star Duets, with songs Larry wrote for them. Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Terri Clark, Kevin Denny, Diamond Rio, Alison Krauss, Kathy Mattea, Daryle Singletary, Travis Tritt, Del McCoury, Rick Skaggs and Trisha Yearwood all make appearances on the project.
Veteran guitarist Larry Coryell's third High Note CD is primarily a bop-oriented quartet session with pianist John Hicks, bassist Santi Debriano, and drummer Yoron Israel. The music ranges from a superb arrangement of Joe Henderson's "Inner Urge" to a subtle take of Herbie Hancock's "Dolphin's Dance"; Debriano contributed the brisk samba "Abra Cadabra." The leader switches to acoustic guitar for his duet with Debriano of Ray Bryant's tasty blues "Tonk"; he also plays acoustic guitar during a solo take of his intricate "Turkish Coffee." Producer Don Sickler adds his potent trumpet to two numbers written by Harold Land: the hard-driving "Compulsion" and the more easygoing "Terrain." This very enjoyable session is heartily recommended.
In Memoriam. Larry Coryell, a guitarist who played rock 'n' roll as a teen but wound up pioneering jazz-rock fusion starting in the mid-1960s and then psychedelic fusion in the early '70s, died on Feb. 19. He was 73. RIP Mr. Coryell. In the 1970s, Germany's Radio Bremen simulcast a series of modern jazz concerts from all across the spectrum, and wisely archived them. Record producer Consul Bodo Jacoby was looking for a new project after losing the rights to reissue the MPS catalog and recalled them. His Promising Music label is issuing a number of these vintage performances in what he calls the Livelove series, of which January 1975 is the first volume.
Larry Conklin is an Acoustic Guitarist, Singer-Songwriter, an Instrumental Finger Stylist, a Slide Guitarist, an Interpreter of Traditional Blues and a Music Journalist. The ever-popular "Dolphin Grace" was proclaimed CD of the Month by the European journal "Audio".