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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Shake-It-Sugar Records artist: Murali Coryell - Mr. Senator - New Release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Mr. Senator, by Murali Coryell and it's quite good. Opening with title track, Mr. Senator, Murali Coryell, son of guitar legend Larry Coryell, leads on vocals and guitar, with Ernie Durawa on drums and Chris Alcaraz on bass. A light radio style track, it has a memorable melody and clean articulate lead guitar riffs and nicely blended guitar additions by Louie Ortega. Dysfunctional Child is an autobiographical modern blues track with a R&B sound. An almost Dickey Betts influence shows through on the guitar riffs, with cool vocal blending and a solid bottom. Tuff Love, has rock feel and strong radio potential. Bill Evans contributes a real healthy sax solo giving the track more bite. One of genius, Leon Russell's best known tracks, also covered very successfully by George Benson, This Masquerade, is covered here nicely by Coryell with his best vocal effort on the release. I really like Levin's bass work on this track and Durawa's Latin percussion provides a really nice platform for Coryell's soloing. Very nice. Solid soul track, You Blew My Mind, shows complex vocal harmonies and soulful guitar lead. Stevie Wonder's Higher Ground, stays the course with somewhat original arrangement but Coryell's guitar work is anything but course with Stevie Ray like fire. Very cool. Latimore's Lets Straighten It Out has the most intoxicating guitar work on the release with lush tones and rich riffs. Coryell's vocals are spot on making this my favorite on the release. A real rocker with complex guitar tones, My Pedal Board, is tight with gospel roots. Wrapping the release is Latin influenced, Tejanos, a really nice track. Sung in Spanish and with blended vocals and guitars over strong percussion, this track is an excellent closer.

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