Alphonse Mouzon

Eleventh House

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More than a dozen years since Larry Coryell and Alphonse Mouzon played together in a band called The Eleventh House and about half that much time again since they reunited for the Back Together Again project, the superb guitarist and flashy percussionist got back together for an album that this time was released under Mouzon's name and confusingly enough was entitled The Eleventh House. That and the presence of the stars would link it with the sounds of the earlier band, perhaps some of the hardest rocking jazz ever created. But nay, nay -- this is a disco album. At least that is the impression given by the first two tracks, first of which is entirely created by Mouzon and the second graced by well-disguised guitar noodling.

After that, a full band shows up, including some folks with an equally lengthy history involving collaborations with Coryell, as well as trumpeter Terumasa Hino. "A Night for Love" is still disco, though, its swishy rhythm loaded down with drum machine pre-sets like a Sicilian donkey cart on the way to the feast of the virgin. Although not comparable to the richness of folklore, the passing of time adds character to sounds originally created simply because some of the equipment employed was considered new and groovy. Oddly enough, this benefits the multi-tracked "Don't Break My Funk" more than the band tracks; the latter performances were simply too crummy to acquire camp interest. They are also ahead of their time, although in this case it is the noxious smooth jazz aesthetic of the new millennium that is being predicted. Mouzon, who produced, must have been aiming at the audience that had given fl├╝gelhornist Chuck Mangione a radio hit. It is a good thing the drummer gets star billing because out of everything Coryell has ever released, this one has got to be the least representative of his playing .

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