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Restful Mind
Larry Coryell, Oregon
Restful Mind
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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Import reissue of the jazz-rock pioneer's classic 1974 album for Vanguard. Featuring Ralph Towner, Collin Walcott & Glen Moore. Deluxe gatefold mini LP sleeve.

      
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All Artists: Larry Coryell, Oregon
Title: Restful Mind
Members Wishing: 7
Total Copies: 0
Label: Universe Italy
Release Date: 2/12/2002
Album Type: Import
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Jazz Fusion, Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 8026575033221, 182478580854

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Album Description
Import reissue of the jazz-rock pioneer's classic 1974 album for Vanguard. Featuring Ralph Towner, Collin Walcott & Glen Moore. Deluxe gatefold mini LP sleeve.
 

CD Reviews

Extraordinary even by Coryell's standards
Roger Townsend | Houston, TX USA | 06/14/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have waited years for the CD version of this old album. Now wonderfully remasterd, the playing is magical: incredibly soft passages followed by fire. Technically precise, but full of emotion. My favorite is perhaps Ravel's "Pavane for a Dead Princess," but all the numbers are terrific. And, despite its title, this CD rocks. For Coryell fans, a "must-have." For me, a desert-island disc. Really, really superb!"
Gets Better and Better After Every Listen
Manny Ramirez | 11/14/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I had gotten into Larry Coryell through John McLaughlin and the first Coryell CD I bought was the fusion classic, "Spaces". This album is still known as Coryell's best, simply because of the musicians that played with him on the album - McLaughlin, Billy Cobham, Miroslav Vitous, Chick Corea (one track only) - each one a fusion giant. But it is "Restful Mind" that I find myself playing constantly, over and over again.

This album is more of an acoustic setting and features the great group Oregon - Collin Walcott, Ralph Towner, and Glen Moore (no Paul McCandless though)as Larry's backing musicians. They are a jazz band but with more of a world music flavor to them. Their playing along with Coryell's is exquisite to say the least.

All the tracks are excellent but it is "Ann Arbor" and "Song for Jim Webb" that really stand out. The album is very short at only 36 minutes but it is 36 minutes that will keep you enthralled.

I have read that Coryell has done many mediocre and forgettable stuff in his career, but when he was placed with talented musicians like John McLaughlin or the guys in Oregon, he always raised his playing to another level. This album is a perfect example of this statement.

This album has also made me want to get more Coryell stuff including his newest album, "Tricycles", considered to be one of his best albums ever.

If you like jazz whether acoustic or fusion (or both like me) or just great guitar, you will fall in love with this album like I did."
An underappreciated classic
greg DOBROV | chicago, IL USA | 05/15/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Larry Coryell's "Resful Mind" is a classic of the mid-70s that has recently been reissued on CD. I've returned to the recording at this point becuase it really exemplifies a new, broader, notion of fusion, almost exclusively ACOUSTIC. Larry is joined here by Oregon (Ralph Towner, Colin Walcott, and Glenn Moore). The music draws on everything from Classical to Country. Perhaps the most famous track to emerge from these sessions is "Julie La Belle" with its groovy stomp and rude twang. The coda to this tune as well as the concluding solo piece "Restful Mind" are mesmerizing. I quote another reviewer who notes that "Coryell has done much mediocre and forgettable stuff in his career, but when he was placed with talented musicians like John McLaughlin or the guys in Oregon, he always raised his playing to another level. This album is a perfect example of this statement." Precisely! I'd also add that "The Restful Mind" has a coherence and SPIRIT that breathes throughout the record and that gives it a special identity. "Ann Arbor" and "Song for Jim Webb" are outstanding examples of Coryell's artistry."