September 13, 2005
Savoy Jazz
Jazz, Modern Creative, West Coast Jazz, Standards, Post-Bop, Jazz Instrument, Guitar Jazz, Hard Bop, Bop

Album Review

Joy Spring is a compilation of straight-ahead tracks that guitarist Larry Coryell recorded over a four-year period for the Muse label, now reissued on the refueled and retooled Savoy Jazz label. Recorded a decade after his super fusion Eleventh House band split, Coryell is in the company of first-rate jazz talent on these three sessions with such luminaries as Stanley Cowell, Billy Hart, Buster Williams, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, and Beaver Harris (Cowell being the only constant). The tunes range form standards like the Arlen & Mercer classic "My Shining Hour," and Jerome Kern's "Yesterdays" to a completely reharmonized version of Thelonious Monk's "'Round Midnight," Wayne Shorter's "Nefertiti," and a wailing read of Clifford Brown's "Joy Spring," which opens the album. There are also fine interpretations of John Coltrane's "Moment's Notice" and Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady." The only problem is that while the disc does show Coryell's straight chops in fine form and his band swinging like mad, it can feel a little schizophrenic at times, given the range of material, but perhaps that's inevitable for a comp that is apt to showcase just how deep the guitarist's roots go.
Thom Jurek, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Joy Spring
  2. The Duke
  3. My Shining Hour
  4. 'Round Midnight
  5. Nefertiti
  6. Yesterdays
  7. Moment's Notice
  8. Sophisticated Lady
  9. All the Things You Are
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