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Crate Digger’s Gold: The Eleventh House Featuring Larry Coryell – Aspects 

January 27, 2017

Larry Coryell is one of the guitar gods of the jazz fusion era.  His band The Eleventh House is right up there with fusion masters like Weather Report, Return To Forever and Mahavishnu Orchestra. The Eleventh House is on the funkier side of fusion.

This album is a joint venture with the Brecker Brothers.  Their horns spice up the album and Randy Brecker is the producer. 

I was familiar with The Eleventh House, Coryell and the Brecker Brothers when I pulled this album from the crates of The Electric Fetus.  The pedigree caught my eye, but the $1.99 price sealed the deal.

The combo of Coryell’s searing guitar and funky horns is a match made in heaven. The rest of the band is outstanding too.  The arrangements are complex, yet accessible.

I have picked up a variety of Coryell, The Eleventh House and other Coryell combos over the years, but none of them has resonated with me. For some reason this LP did resonate with me.  Perhaps it is the funky nature of the album or the presence of the horns, but of course it is the guitar. Coryell has a relaxed swagger that is irresistible.

  1. Level One is my favourite Coryell/Eleventh House album. Alphonse Mouzon is just a monster behind the drums. Aspects has great moments, and there are some super funky tracks, but I can’t get into the Brecker Brothers. Otherwise, another great Coryell album.

    • I pulled Level One off the shelf this morning and indeed it is a fine album. Thanks for the reminder. Mouzon’s drumming is amazing, but it pales to the bad ass outfit he is wearing on the cover.

  2. Larry Coryell. Boy I haven’t thought about him in ages. I wonder if he’s still touring. I saw one of his contemporaries, Billy Cobham, in a small club near Boston a few years back. Enjoyed it, but I’m not quite as much into fusion as I used to be. Anyway, I’ll add this to my listening pile. Thanks.

  3. I gotta know where you’re doing your “Digging”

    • Minneapolis has a lot of great choices. I got a buddy who has a great vinyl garage sale 4 times a year. Lots of great stuff for a buck.

      • He must have a lot of product or he replenishes it. It would be cool just to browse. Great source. I’m going to take ‘Opus in Swing’ for walk. Walking music for sure. See what happens when I go to your site. Beautiful day!

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