Monday, June 23, 2008

Tonight @ Bourbon Street: Murali Coryell

Posted by on Mon, Jun 23, 2008 at 12:18 PM

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They say the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree, but Murali Coryell’s laid-back blues and soul is light years removed from father Larry’s groundbreaking jazz-rock explorations of the ’60s and ’70s, which were occasionally indulgent, often brilliant and never dull. Rather than the Mahavishnu-meets-Miles intensity of his dad’s group The Eleventh House, Murali’s music hews closer to Sam Cooke and Al Greene, featuring tasteful old-school R&B grooves, refined guitar playing and his warm, reedy voice. Perhaps that’s what youthful rebellion means when you grow up with a jazz fusion pioneer as a father. And who knows—maybe it’s come full-circle, as Coryell the First just two years ago released an album titled Laid Back and Blues. 8 p.m. at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar —JACK SILVERMAN

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