Legendary jazz fusion pioneers Larry Coryell and the Eleventh House have signed to Savoy Jazz and are readying the release of their all new album "Seven Secrets" which will be released on June 2nd. Guitarist Coryell has assembled founding members Randy Brecker (trumpet), long-timer John Lee (bass), the addition of son Julian (guitar) and the late Alphonse Mouzon (drums) to bring the rock and funk back to jazz again with a batch of eleven powerhouse tracks. The album is truly a group effort with Coryell relying on each member to contribute compositions to the new album (much like he did back in the 70's) and with the help of engineer Luciano Rubio and many an all-night session, the inspired "Seven Secrets" came to fruition. Larry Coryell and the Eleventh House will embark on a U.S. tour beginning in June—confirmed dates below. Savoy Jazz will release "Seven Secrets" on June 2nd. Those who pre-order "Seven Secrets" at iTunes will receive three "instant gratification" tracks (see link below).
"Seven Secrets" was born after a week of dynamic sold out shows at NYC's Blue Note club—a billing that happened on a whim when the original idea of a night of five guitarists fell through and Coryell suggested bringing the band back together for the shows. The inspiration for the resulting album was fueled by each of the seasoned musicians' instincts, evolving tastes and the wisdom they had gained over the years playing jazz and pop in a wide variety of settings. "Seven Secrets" hearkens back in a modern way to an era that Coryell calls "the golden age of fusion," jazz entered a time of bold experimentation and started rocking with electric guitar effects and synthesizers for the first time, relating to more contemporary listeners without losing the original inspiration. The Eleventh House held court and shared stages around the world with fellow revolutionary ensembles and artists like Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report, Return to Forever, Soft Machine (featuring Allan Holdsworth) and Herbie Hancock.
Says Coryell: "In my opinion, jazz itself has not changed that much. So when you bring in talented all-stars like Randy, Alphonse, John and Julian, you get the same spirit as we had all those years ago. It's still jazz the way we envision it, unique, exciting and open to genre-busting adventures. It won't turn off any jazz lovers and we know it will excite people who aren't quite sure if they like jazz – just as the vibe we and those other bands did in the 70's. We're still taking jazz to another level without disrespecting it – and having an incredible time doing it!"
Sadly, drummer Alphonse Mouzon passed on December 26th at the age of 68. The fusion pioneer helped define the genre having also played with the likes of Weather Report, Herbie Hancock and Al Di Meola among many others.
"Seven Secrets" Track Listing:
1) Alabama Rhap Corollary
2) Mr. Miyake
3) Dragon's Way
4) The Philly Flash
5) Molten Grace
6) Seven Secrets
7) The Dip
8) Having Second Thoughts
9) Some Funky Stuff
10) Mudhen Blues
Confirmed 2017 tour dates (more to come):
June 20-21 / Jazz Alley, Seattle, WA
June 22-25 / Blue Note Napa, Napa, CA
June 26 / Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA
June 27 / Yoshi's, Oakland, CA
July 15 / Scullers Jazz Club, Boston, MA
July 20-23 / Blues Alley, Washington DC
July 25-29 / Birdland, New York, NY
August 18-21 / Fur Peace Ranch, Pomeroy OH