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One Evening: Two Jazz Guitar Virtuosos

A night of glistening guitar-led ensembles started with the Larry Coryell Trio, featuring Mark Egan on bass and Paul Wertico on drums. They performed several tunes off their new CD, Tricycles. The title track really moved with Mark Egan setting a solid bass groove. Another selection from the new CD, Good Citizen Swallow, was also noteworthy. After highlighting tunes from the new CD, Larry Coryell broke out his octaves arsenal on the Wes Montgomery classic Bumpin’ On Sunset. Coryell commented that Wes was the best jazz guitarist in his book and made him proud to be an American.

The next selection found Coryell solo on acoustic guitar with an instrumental of the Beatles She’s Leaving Home. The band came back out for a heavy version of Spaces (Revisited). Wertico was bustin’ loose on the kit on this number. His introduction was powerful and only ascended from that point. This turned into a fine fusion excursion with many twists and turns. For an encore the trio did a very nice rendition of the Ellington classic In a Sentimental Mood.

Kevin Eubanks was glad to see his friend Coryell and delivered a powerful set of his own. His quartet included Bill Pierce on saxophone, Charnett Moffett on bass and Marvin "Smitty" Smith on drums. The highlight of this set was Ghost Dog Blues, a funky tune whose refrain brought out beautiful responses from Pierce and Eubanks. Charnett Moffett displayed his amazing expertise on bass throughout the short but quality set. Kevin Eubanks can do some things with a guitar that are seemingly impossible. Part acrobat, part magician he plays in a style that is unique. Whether he is playing heavy fusion or funk-oriented grooves, he keeps the listener enthralled.

Overall, it was a pleasure to witness two guitarists of this stature on one evening. More double bills like this one will help keep jazz vibrant and well-attended.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Kevin Eubanks and Larry Coryell
  • Concert Date: 8/18/2004
  • Venue: Iridium
  • City State Country: New York, New York
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