Larry Coryell

Coryell

1969

Fusion

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A forward-thinking jazz guitarist and early architect of electric fusion, Larry Coryell was perhaps less well-known for his singing. However, during the late '60s and early '70s, Coryell did just that, writing and performing a handful of inspired, if quirky jazz-meets-singer/songwriter style compositions on every album. His second solo album, 1969's Coryell, is a great example, and finds him fearlessly blurring the lines between hardcore blues-inflected jazz, pop, and rock.

- Matt Collar

Solomon Burke

Don't Give Up on Me

July 23, 2002

Soul

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2002's Don't Give Up On Me wasn't truly a comeback for Solomon Burke, who never stopped making great records. But it was the first in many years where Burke had musicians and a producer worthy of his talents, and the King of Rock & Soul delivered his A Game as he brought life and magic to a program of songs from Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Brian Wilson, and more.

- Mark Deming