Earthquake At The Avalon
(Inakustik / MVD)


Years before the Pat Metheny Group made jazz-rock a household term back in 1977, guitarist Larry Coryell was breaking down walls between rock and jazz. Primarily known as a fusion master on par with giants like McLaughin and Santana, Coryell refused to embrace one musical style and as such he’s always been an acquired taste for jazz and rock guitar mavens worldwide. In a rare comeback move, Coryell and company—including his son Julian Coryell, guitarist David Hidalgo and drummer Bernard Purdie—rocked the Avalon theater, across the street from the Capitol building on Vine Street. The recording from the night of October 13, 2005 can now be heard on the 2009 CD release of Earthquake At The Avalon, released on the Inakustik label, distributed stateside through MVD. Although mostly known for his guitar chops, Coryell also sings on a few tracks here that echo his embryonic rock approach to jazz style. On Earthquake Coryell breaks out some classic guitars including his vintage Super 400, Les Paul and Strat guitars while his son Julian gleefully remembers using the best of the old school stuff including a collection of vintage Fenders and Music Man amps. A scintillating set of funky / jazzy blues fusion and guitar jam pop, Earthquake At The Avalon features in depth liner notes, including track by track notes from Julian Coryell, pages of pics from the show and colorful artwork. Engineering expert Niko Bolas captures Coryell and company in fine form here.


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