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This trio set featuring guitarist Larry Coryell, drummer Lenny White, and bassist Victor Bailey is issued by Chesky, purveyor of uncompressed audiophile recordings. And while the sound is wondrous, it's the performances here that take front and center. The mix of jazz, funk, and rock tunes on Electric is infectious, especially when played with such incendiary inspiration. Members of this trio wrote four of the nine tunes here. White's furied funk freak-out "Wolfsbane" opens the proceeding on a hot note, and Coryell's "BB Blues" takes the jazz-inflected blues to a new intensity. But it is the covers here that really resonate, from a skeletal and edgy reading of Miles Davis' "So What," to Wayne Shorter's signature tune "Footprints," the jazz chops and expansive improvisation are present everywhere. On Sly and the Family Stone's "Sex Machine" and the Page & Plant nugget "Black Dog," the pedal to the metal aesthetic really works. Elsewhere, "Born Under a Bad Sign" is dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century without losing its blues fire. This is not a recording for those looking for Coryell's jazz technique and subtle artistry in interpreting music from the days of yore. Listeners looking for a balls-out charge of electric jazz-rock will be more than delighted by this outing.
Performance CreditsVictor Bailey Primary Artist,Electric Bass,Bass Guitar
Larry Coryell Guitar,Electric Guitar
Lenny White Drums
Technical CreditsVictor Bailey Composer
David Chesky Producer
Larry Coryell Composer
Miles Davis Composer
Wayne Shorter Composer
Lenny White Composer
John Bonham Composer
Norman Chesky Executive Producer
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart Composer
Aldo Sampieri Art Direction
James Page Composer
Nicholas Prout Engineer
Richard Bonaventure Eckerle Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
These three musicians form a power trio cubed. I recently saw them at Zanzibar Blue in Philly and the CD is most of the set I heard. I'm so glad I saw them because now I can visualize their viuosity as I listen. They picked some great tunes to cover and their own compositions hold their own with the giants. Why settle for Cream when you can have tripple creme!