Personnel: Larry Coryell (guitar); Kenny Barron, Stanley Cowell (piano); Buster Williams (bass instrument); Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Beaver Harris, Billy Hart (drums).
Liner Note Author: Bill Milkowski.
Drawing from Larry Coryell's 1980s recordings, JOY SPRING features the jazz-rock guitar pioneer in an unusually straight-ahead mode. Here Coryell takes on classic tunes by Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane, and others, showcasing his interpretive skills and reining in his edgier tendencies in favor of a gentle, Wes Montgomery-like sound. While the results aren't as adventurous as Coryell's earlier outings, JOY SPRING does highlight the dexterous, melodic side of this multi-faceted guitar hero.