Nice Afro-Latin set with Coryell on acoustic guitar, recorded in Bahia. The assembled cast includes drummer Billy Cobham, alto saxophonist Donald Harrison, and several Brazilian musicians, notably vocalist Dori Caymmi. ~ Ron Wynn, All Music Guide
Larry Coryell live from northern Brazil in communion with international jazz (Donald Harrison, Billy Cobham) and Brazilian musicians (Dori Carmmi) plus native musicians, dancing through international and indigenous music. ¨Technically, you could call it samba," says producer Creed Taylor. ¨But it's a heavier kind of samba than you hear in Rio. It's a darker thing, much more intense as opposed to romantic like in the south." Coryell's panoramic Old City New City paints a tourists portrait in pastoral Pat Metheny watercolors; Caymmi's The Crab Peddler beautifully intertwines his vocal, acoustic guitar and acoustic percussion into a similar native tapestry. Composed and led by local musicians in the Yoruba spiritual tradition, Bahian Night Walk spans the Caribbean, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian musical Diaspora: Its opening reggae lilt grows more thickly and complexly Afro-Cuban as Marcio Montarroyos' trumpet and Coryell's guitar solos burn both deeper and brighter. Coryell's Bloco Loco sharpens more traditional electric jazz fusion on the barbed hooks of the composer's cutting guitar and dynamic saxophone and trumpet passages. (Paul Simon traveled to this region and used some of these same musicians on his album "The Rhythm of the Saints".)
Larry Coryell: acoustic guitars, electric guitars; Dori Caymmi: acoustic guitar, vocals; Romero Lubamo: acoustic guitar, electric guitar; Billy Cobham: drums; Donald Harrison: soprano saxophone, alto saxophone; Marcio Montarroyos: trumpet; Luiz Avellar: keyboards; Nico Assumpcão: electric bass; Monica Millet: percussion; Tião Oliveira: percussion; Bashiri Johnson: percussion; Francisco Centeno: electric bass.
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