Larry Coryell with John Scofield and Joe Beck: Zimbabwe




Larry Coryell (acoustic guitar)


Tributaries (Novus 3072-2-N)

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Larry Coryell (acoustic guitar), John Scofield (acoustic guitar), Joe Beck (acoustic guitar).

Composed by Larry Coryell


Recorded: New York, September 1979


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

Recorded roughly around the time that Larry Coryell joined another, better known acoustic guitar trio in its first incarnation with John McLaughlin and Paco De Lucia, Tributaries offers three wonderful guitar heroes playing blues-inflected music and having a grand old time. An intricate head arrangement is played enthusiastically by Coryell, Scofield and Beck. Based upon a basic blues, "Zimbabwe" is a spirited romp in which each player eggs on the other during their solo turns. The licks are lightning-quick until Beck calms the pace a bit with some slow picking. The energy level never drops during his section, though. The boys get back up to the speed limit. There are riffs galore coming from the right, center and left. You can't keep track of them. If this band had recorded live, say on a Friday Night in San Francisco, who is to say this wouldn't be the guitar trio everyone talked about?

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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