Larry Coryell: Wrong Is Right?


Wrong Is Right?


Larry Coryell (guitar)


Cause and Effect (Tone Center 1038005)

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Larry Coryell (guitar),

Tom Coster (keyboards), Steve Smith (drums)


Composed by Larry Coryell


Recorded: Marin County, CA, May 9-19, 1998


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

Recorded live in the studio by a riveting organ trio, "Wrong Is Right?" gathers a massive head of steam in its loose jam format, with attention-grabbing creativity much jazzier than Larry Coryell's original version from Spaces. That one contained many rough edges, but here Coryell, Coster and Smith smooth those out, adding sweetness and a more horizontal direction. The melody remains intact, but the group stays firmly entrenched within the boundaries defined by the chord chart and anchored by the dense weight of the written chords. It is a weighty mix, indeed, as Coster's electrifying Hammond splashes adeptly fill the spaces while adding true definition to the tune's spine.

When John McLaughlin ripped into his solo on the original, Coryell's chords were nearly indecipherable. Here, they are easy to identify in the mix, as there are fewer players to obscure their clarity. Also, with less chaos than on Spaces, Coryell and Coster find appropriate moments to take turns burning hot leads that recall high-velocity engines blazing around street corners in the summertime. You really should check this out.

Reviewer: Marcus Singletary

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