Improvisations: Best of the Vanguard Years

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Some of Larry Coryell's admirers have exalted him as the man who single-handedly invented fusion guitar. While that claim is a bit of an overstatement -- there were other jazz guitarists who were influenced by rock in the 1960s, including Pat Martino -- there's no doubt that he was a major innovator and played an indispensable role in the fusion revolution of the late '60s and '70s. Nor is there any question that everyone from John McLaughlin, Al DiMeola, and Bill Connors to Scott Henderson, Pat Metheny, and John Scofield is creatively indebted to him. A two-CD anthology that spans 1969-1979, Improvisations: Best of the Vanguard Years is full of trailblazing gems that ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Some of Larry Coryell's admirers have exalted him as the man who single-handedly invented fusion guitar. While that claim is a bit of an overstatement -- there were other jazz guitarists who were influenced by rock in the 1960s, including Pat Martino -- there's no doubt that he was a major innovator and played an indispensable role in the fusion revolution of the late '60s and '70s. Nor is there any question that everyone from John McLaughlin, Al DiMeola, and Bill Connors to Scott Henderson, Pat Metheny, and John Scofield is creatively indebted to him. A two-CD anthology that spans 1969-1979, Improvisations: Best of the Vanguard Years is full of trailblazing gems that were as important to jazz-rock as the breakthroughs of Miles Davis, Return to Forever, Weather Report, and McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra. Improvisations kicks into high gear with seven selections from Coryell's groundbreaking Lady Coryell date of 1969 which drew on influences ranging from Wes Montgomery and Jim Hall to Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton before providing many of his essential '70s jewels, including the congenial "Joy Ride," the Davis-minded "Yin," the intriguing "Scotland, Pt. 1," the abstract "Entardescendo en Suadade," and the haunting "Spaces Infinite." The list of players joining Coryell reads like a who's who of fusion: John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Miroslav Vitous, Randy Brecker, Alphonse Mouzon, and Billy Cobham are among the risk-takers he plays with on these sessions. Mouzon and Brecker, in fact, were members of Coryell's 11th House, one of the most important jazz-rock bands of the '70s and a unit that is well represented on this double CD. For those with even a casual interest in fusion, Improvisations is essential listening.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/1999
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707954020
  • Catalog Number: 79540
  • Sales rank: 162,438

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Treats Style - 11th House (5:46)
  2. 2 Lady Coryell - 11th House (6:35)
  3. 3 The Dream Thing - 11th House (2:27)
  4. 4 Two Minutes Classical - 11th House (2:11)
  5. 5 You Don't Know What Love Is - 11th House (2:38)
  6. 6 Stiff Neck - 11th House (7:16)
  7. 7 Cleo's Mood - 11th House (4:25)
  8. 8 Improvisation on Villa-Lobos (Prelude No. 4 In e minor) - 11th House (3:53)
  9. 9 The Eyes of Love - 11th House (3:22)
  10. 10 Gratitude "A So Low" - 11th House (3:22)
  11. 11 Elementary Guitar Solo #5 - 11th House (6:52)
  12. 12 Rue Gregoire du Tour - 11th House (4:38)
  13. 13 Sweet Shuffle - 11th House (6:21)
  14. 14 Ah Wuv Ooh - 11th House (4:26)
  15. 15 Rene's Theme - 11th House (4:07)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Spaces (Infinite) - 11th House (9:21)
  2. 2 Low-Lee-Tah - 11th House (4:19)
  3. 3 Adam Smasher - 11th House (4:33)
  4. 4 Joy Ride - 11th House (6:09)
  5. 5 Yin - 11th House (6:06)
  6. 6 Entardecendo en Saudade - 11th House (8:09)
  7. 7 Scotland, Pt. 1 - 11th House (6:38)
  8. 8 The Jam With Albert - 11th House (9:19)
  9. 9 Rocks - 11th House (4:51)
  10. 10 Planet End - 11th House (8:48)
  11. 11 Rasputin - 11th House (9:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Larry Coryell & Eleventh House Primary Artist
Larry Coryell Indexed Contributor, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Ron Carter Bass
Elvin Jones Drums
John McLaughlin Guitar
Alphonse Mouzon Percussion, Drums
Jim Pepper Flute
Miroslav Vitous Bass
Ray Mantilla Percussion
Steve Marcus Soprano Saxophone
Chuck Rainey Bass
Mike Mandel Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Jimmy Garrison Bass
Albert Stinson Bass
Randy Brecker Trumpet
Mervin Bronson Bass
Chris Brubeck Bass
Dan Brubeck Drums
Darius Brubeck Piano
Billy Cobham Drums
Chick Corea Electric Piano
Julie Coryell Vocals
Michael Lawrence Trumpet
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drums
Danny Trifan Bass
Harry Wilkinson Drums
Bobby Moses Drums
Danny Trifan Bass Guitar
Michael Lawrence Trumpet
Technical Credits
The Brecker Brothers Composer
Larry Coryell Composer, Producer, Audio Production
René Thomas Composer
Mike Mandel Composer
Jimmy Garrison Composer
Danny Weiss Producer
Josef Woodward Liner Notes
Captain Jeff Zaraya Engineer
Tom Vickers Producer
Georgette Cartwright Back Cover
Bob Gruen Cover Photo
Vince Cirrincione Producer
Barry C. Ridge Graphic Design
Sam Graham Liner Notes
Josef Woodard Liner Notes
Tom Paine Producer
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