Moment’s Notice – 1995

Larry Coryell

The guitarist contributes a lot of fire to the John Coltrane composition

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Larry Coryell (1943-2017) will probably always be remembered for being the first fusion guitarist, bringing a rockish sound into the groups of Chico Hamilton and Gary Burton during 1966-68.

However, Coryell was actually a well-rounded player quite familiar with straight ahead jazz and hard bop.

On this 1995 performance from the Czech Republic of John Coltrane’s “Moment’s Notice” (one of the saxophonist’s best originals), Coryell and his quartet begin the piece mostly playing in half-time as pianist Mark Sherman plays an inventive and relaxed improvisation.

However when Coryell enters around the 4:20 mark, the piece suddenly becomes furious and uptempo with the guitarist playing a blazing solo that shows why he was rated so high.

-Scott Yanow


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