Larry Coryell

Private Concert

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This all-acoustic solo guitar studio date by Larry Coryell is a real find, issued by the German label Acoustic Music. Occasionally Coryell overdubs a second accompanying line, as he does on Dizzy Gillespie's "Brother K," played as a gentle samba, and "Hot House," which weds hard bop with bossa nova. Compelling interpretations of timeless standards ("Spring Is Here" and "Body and Soul"), classical works (Ravel's "Pavane de la Belle au Bois Dormant" and Rodrigo's "Spanish Suite"), plus an imaginative reworking of George Harrison's "Something" and a dramatic, extended but never dull take of "Moon River" are among the CD's many assets. About the only thing to gripe about is the liner note author's reference to "Todd" Dameron, a mistake unfortunately repeated in the composer credit to "Hot House."

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