Larry Coryell returns for his third release on Wide Hive Records in awesome fashion with what is arguably one of his greatest albums. Aptly titled “Heavy Feel,” the band’s sound and daunting guitar play that Coryell brings are undeniable. Like many great jazz records, “Heavy Feel” was recorded in one day, and the tracks are imbued with the improvisational genius for which Mr. Coryell is known.
Joining Larry are three outstanding musicians; two in the rhythm section (bassist Matt Montgomery and drummer Mike Hughes), and longtime musical collaborator and renowned saxophonist, George Brooks.
As one of the pioneers of jazz-rock – perhaps the pioneer in the ears of some – Coryell deserves a special place in the history books. He brought what amounted to a nearly alien sensibility to jazz electric guitar playing in the 1960s, a hard-edged, cutting tone, phrasing and note-bending that owed as much to blues, rock and even country as it did to earlier, smoother bop influences. Yet as a true eclectic, armed with a brilliant technique, he is comfortable in almost every style, covering almost every base from the most decibel-heavy, distortion-laden electric work to the most delicate, soothing, intricate lines on acoustic guitar.