Personnel: Larry Coryell (guitar); Kenny Barron, Stanley Cowell, Albert Dailey (piano); George Mraz, Buster Williams (bass); Beaver Harris, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Billy Hart (drums).
Producers: Don Sickler, Joe Fields, Michael Cuscuna.
Compilation producers: Larry Coryell, Joel Dorn, Adam Dorn, Lance Goler.
Recorded at the Van Gelder Recording Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey between 1984 & 1989. Includes liner notes by Larry Coryell.
A jazz-rock pioneer during the late '60s and '70s, Larry Coryell was also a strong performer in a straight-ahead setting, as evidenced by his recordings for Muse during the latter half of the '80s. Major Jazz Minor Blues reissues ten titles from those records, most in a trio setting, and finds him reacting well with sidemen including bassists Stanley Cowell and George Mraz and pianists Kenny Barron and Billy Hart. The disc captures two of his best originals from the era, "Tender Tears" and "No More Booze, Minor Blues," plus Coryell's surprisingly nuanced versions of "'Round Midnight," "My Shining Hour," and "Sophisticated Lady." ~ John Bush