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  Larry Coryell, Badi Assad, John Abercrombie: Three Guitars
  "Three Guitars"

Larry Coryell
Badi Assad
John Abercrombie
Track listing:
  1. Seu Jorge E Dona Ica
2. New Lute Prelude
3. New Lute Interlude
4. Soundtrack
5. After The Rain
6. Descending Grace
7. Metamorphosis
8. No Flight Tonight
9. Ralph’s Piano Waltz
10. Suspended Circles
11. Exercise In Fourths
12. Autumn Breeze
13. Timeless
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Review by Tube Man January 9, 2006 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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I do not wish to coment too much on musical style. In brief, the music is primarily guitar trio, and duet with solo accompaniment. the style is unique and varies from track to track. It often fuses classical components with jazz, along with intense improvisation. It is unlike most jazz in that it is usually somewhat upbeat with subtle but steady pulse and rhythm. Some 20th century influence is also seen in the use of atonal runs and maybe even simple atonal scales It is certainly very entertaining and enjoyable, drawing the mind into contemplation and giving a the sense of openness and freedom. OK, enough of that. What I find unique about this album is the recording quality, and the unusually high gain of the SACd. Chesky records seesm to consistantly produce simple, but ultra detailed and clear recordings.

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Review by Barb November 18, 2007 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
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L. Coryell g, B. Assad g & vcl & per & flt, J. Abercrombie g, Chesky 2002.
The latest Chesky Jazz recordings, The New York Sessions, are, to me, the best recordings ever because they are the most natural sounding ever. They always record live, not in studios, with minimal but highest quality technical equipment. There is no multi-tracking, overdubbing or compressing, what makes the music sound so natural with its original dynamics. The lack of technical equipment may be the reason for the natural, pleasing sound of so many Jazz records of the 50`s, even the monaural ones, combined with the highest quality technical equipment of today Chesky makes the perfect sound. Listening to Cheskys for the first time you will recognize they are out of the ordinary, but I think you`ll have to get familiar with them to hear that they are best. In some of the booklets there are diagrams showing the positions of the musicians during the recording session. That was not necessary, you can see them when playing the record.
Although this disc doesn`t belong to that series, the same is true for it.
All acoustic guitars are played on eight trios, four duets and one solo by Assad. The compositions come from the trio members, so there is no “well known” melody on the disc. It is rather improvised music with the focus on the interaction of the three guitar greats and the perfect sound shows every detail of their technique. It is not a spectacular record like the “guitar reference” Friday Night In San Francisco, which is a live record, but it is thrilling and something very special for lovers of guitar music.

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Review by clef August 18, 2006 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
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It's a familiar chamber-jazz-meeting of three sound-aesthetes: brasilian music, balladesk, contemplative. All songs in topsound quality.
The reunion of Larry Coryell, Badi Assad and John Abercrombie, a new and an exciting experience for all participants was very brilliant recorded by David Chesky: dynamic and certainly. You need not to be a fan of this mélange of Jazz, Classic and Worldmusic to be fascinated from this recording. It's a must for audiophile listeners.

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