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  Larry Coryell: Traffic

Larry Coryell
Victor Bailey
Lenn White
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Review by Barb October 13, 2007 (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
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L. Coryell g & eg, V. Bailey eb, L. White dr,
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.
Uncommon for Chesky, this is an electric line up and Coryell and his guys are playing jazz-rock fusion of the best kind most time, eight of ten are originals plus Hendrix`s Manic Depression and Monk`s Misterioso. The whole thing sounds like jamming and improvising with fantastic solos and thrilling interplay, sometimes relaxed sometimes aggressive, always attracting. For example: Bailey and White are demonstrating for 7 minutes what “Drum & Bass” does mean to jazz men. One can use this instruments in another than a stupid way. If you like modern intelligent fusion by a small group, mixed with wonderful relaxed acoustic guitar tracks, here`s one for you.

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Review by progboy January 2, 2012
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I absolutely love this SACD which I would recommend to any fusion jazz lovers out there. This is just the pure output of three great musicians playing a diverse mix of instrumental jazz, pop, rock and fusion elements. CBW (as the band is known as) is legendary guitarist Larry Coryell, bassist Victor Bailey and drummer Lenny White. This may be the best electric Chesky record ever too as these guys get into some pretty groovy and rhythmic territory throughout this album. The Sound is also amazing with all of this having been recorded carefully by the fine folks at Chesky apparently in a church. No overdubs ...everything live and direct to disc !

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