I recently received an email enquiring about an LP cover I had inadvertently shown in a photo on a previous post. "What's the deal with that CORYELL LP with the nude action on the cover?" I was asked. Well ... here's the dilly!
Texas-born LARRY CORYELL studied many instruments before becoming known as a guitar master. In the late 60s through to the early 70s he was one of the most in-demand guitarists in Rock, Jazz and all musical genres. During that time Larry was part of Rock's experimentation, and toured with Jack Bruce, and featured in sessions with Jimmy Webb, the 5th Dimension, Charles Mingus, Billy Cobham, Chick Corea and John McLaughlin to name a few. His vision to merge musical genres helped shape the sound of music during that period, and although his name may not be instantly familiar, no doubt you will have heard some of his music.
My first encounter with the sounds of CORYELL was through the use of his music by other artists, most notably BIZ MARKIE's use of "Morning Sickness" on his track entitled "On & On" from the "I Need a Haircut" LP. It took me a little while to find out what BIZ was rhyming over, but all the best diggers persist and eventually I dug up CORYELL's second LP release, and BINGO! Plus as a nice bonus there is also a surprise drum break in the middle of the track "No-one really knows". Thanks Larry!
BIZ MARKIE - "On & On"
LARRY CORYELL - "Morning Sickness"
LARRY CORYELL - "No-one Really Knows"
This latter track has also been sampled but I cannot recall which artist or track used it. If YOU know then holler at your boy Dyno. And next time you're out diggin', keep one eye open for Larry.
(oops it seems as if I have again inadvertently shown some other great LPs in the photo. Some serious drum breaks there - a special prize goes to anyone who can name all 9!)