Saturday, March 11, 2017

Larry Coryell - 1992 "Live From Bahia"

Nice Afro-Latin set with Coryell on acoustic guitar, recorded in Bahia. The assembled cast includes drummer Billy Cobham, alto saxophonist Donald Harrison, and several Brazilian musicians, notably vocalist Dori Caymmi. All Music.

1994 was a sad year to for Brazil with loss of two great men Jobim and Senna. This album on the other hand is a great gift from Brazil that cheers us up just after these events. It is always like this in Brazil, sad days followed by happy ones again and again, there is no other choice, it is a great ability of Brazilians to rejoice. This album reminds of a timeless Bahia, Salvador where sandy beaches and mulattos and cervejinhas and sun is eternal. You can feel these at your home, wherever you are, just by listening and occasionally gazing the album cover..

A previous poster / reviewer denigrated this fine CD release as pleasant mood music. What is wrong with that? What is wrong with progressive, melodic, and harmonic music? Is noise and dissonance the valued demanded sound?

The interplay of all concerned executants is great, conveying spirited fun. Dori Caymmi on vocals adds an element of exalted tinge of Brazilian flair.

The music within, played by some of the finest Jazz musicians around; Larry Coryell, guitar, Donald Harrison, sax, Marcio Montorroyos, fluglehorn, Billy Cobham, drums, Nico Assumpção, bass, assertively melds to form the fusion of Jazz and Brazilian flavors--guides the listener to a fine place, a fun place.

A perfectly fine CTI records compact disc of Jazz music that ironically enriches the reality and duality [of the release] in that, it is pleasant mood music. It is music that places one on the portico as seen on the video release, dancing and swaying to the music.

Two years before the release of Paul Simon's GRACELAND and the accompanying increase in awareness of world music, Larry Coryell travelled to Brazil and created this low-key recording in Brazil, which features many native performers--including vocalist Dori Caymmi who is featured on several cuts. Coryell is backed by a 9-piece band, including drummer Billy Cobham (who worked with Miles Davis and John McLaughlin) and saxophonist Donald Harrison, who should have gotten co-billing on this CD in that he has has many solos as Coryell himself. Overall, this is a fairly laid back affair. Coryell does a nice job of blending the local musical influences.

If you like Brazilian Jazz this is a great CD to listen to. And if you also like Coryell - this is one of his most consistent and well done recordings! A++ The Video of the live concert version is also a must to have! .

Tracks Listing

1.The Harbor (5:41)
2. Old City new City (4:48)
3. The Crab Peddler (3:42)
4. Oshum, Goddess Of Love (4:09)
5. Bloco Loco (7:08)
6. Panama (3:37)
7. Bahian Night Walk (10:13)
8. Gabriela's Song (3:00)
9. Vera Cruz (9:01)

Total Time 51:18

Line-up / Musicians

- Larry Coryell / acoustic and electric guitars
- Dori Caymmi / acoustic guitar and vocals
- Romero Lubambo / acoustic and electric guitar
- Billy Cobham / drums
- Donald Harrison / soprano and alto sax
- Marcio Montarroyos / trumpet
- Luiz Avellar / keyboards
- Nico Assumpcao / electric bass
- Monica Millet / percussion
- Tiao Oliveira / percussion
- Bashiri Johnson / additional percussion
- Francisco Centeno / additional electric bass 



  2. here's another hidden coryell i put up in some cboxes. Joey Defrancesco Larry Coryell Jimmy Cobb 2012's "Wonderful Wonderful"

  3. Excelente trabalho! Grandes músicos.

  4. " What is wrong with progressive, melodic, and harmonic music? Is noise and dissonance the valued demanded sound? "

    1. There is nothing progressive about this album at all.
    2. The problem with this record is that it lacks passion. It's a boring hum-drum Latin jazz instead of an interesting, creative Latin jazz.
    3. Most consistent Coryell - well, perhaps if consistency means completely lackluster ...

    "The Restful Mind" and "The Lion and the Ram" and "Spaces" are just three infinitely superior albums by Larry Coryell.