LARRY CORYELL - DR LONNIE SMITH TRIO
Rose & Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center
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LARRY CORYELL-DR LONNIE SMITH TRIO
In the 14-year history of this jazz series, these two gentlemen are the most highly requested artists for repeat performance. Having them perform together, something they have only recently begun to do is a particular treat. Organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, of course, has a long history of collaboration with guitarist George Benson and uses guitar in his band’s typical configuration and has a great following among South Florida jazz fans. Legendary guitarist Larry Coryell can play anything with anyone, especially where swing is concerned. South Florida JAZZ audiences saw that in his four previous appearances for the organization.
Larry Coryell deserves a special place in the jazz history books. He brought a revolutionary sensibility to electric guitar playing in the 1960s; a hard-edged, cutting tone and phrasing that owed as much to blues, rock, and even country as it did to modern post-bop. A true eclectic blessed with impeccable technique, Larry Coryell always has sought to be himself. It is true that this has taken him all over the musical map, from Ravel to Rimsky-Korsakov to rock; not reflecting an identity crisis but an uninhibited musical appetite appropriate to his era. He has been comfortable in almost every style from decibel-heavy electric work to the most delicate, soothing, intricate lines on acoustic guitar. In between there is finger-spraining, fret board-busting, pyrotechnic virtuosity. This description only serves to introduce a complex and brilliant player, who has been at the vanguard of jazz innovation for four decades.
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