Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The Eleventh House - Introducing The Eleventh House With Larry Coryell. 1974 USA
CD reissue: 1990 Vanguard
Packaging details: The original LP - and CD - are easy to find, and inexpensive, from online auction and retailers. Like most albums on Vanguard, the cover art is quite interesting. The CD is a straight reissue, with no extras of any sort. It's too bad the album has been commoditized in this fashion. It's highly unlikely, at this point, that any specialist label would take it on.
Notes: No doubt that guitarist Larry Coryell, seeing the success of peers such as John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, and Joe Zawinul, stated something along the lines of "Hey, I can do that!". And so he compiled his own all-star lineup including legendary players such as Randy Brecker (trumpet) and Alphonse Mouzon (drums). And off to the studio they went, to demonstrate the immense amount of chops they possess. The songwriting on the debut is a bit of an afterthought - rather its sole purpose seems to be a springboard for complex instrumental sections and showboating solos. Still it's always great to hear musicians, as talented as these guys obviously are, to plug in and rock their brains out. All the mid 70s musical trappings are baked in here - so you'll get your fill of rock, jazz, funk, and tropical. You can't miss on this one if fusion is your bag.