MURALI CORYELL is more than jazz guitar legend Larry Coryell's son, he is a burgeoning blues-rock vocalist and guitarist. In his new album, "2120", the premier release on the Chess family's new label CZYZ Records, Murali's soulful voice balances his powerful guitar licks and throws fresh Chicago-style blues and soul at your ears.
Being raised in the midst of great music and musicians was a natural foundation for Murali to develop his own artistic style and talents. Guitar playing was a way of life in the Coryell household for both Murali and his brother Julian. Murali's father Larry pushed him to discover his own sound, guiding him towards the classic blues greats such as B.B. King. In forming his own sound, Murali was influenced by Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Buddy Guy, Stax/Volt and Al Green. Murali then knew From that point on I just wanted to play that kind of music.
Murali began his career as a professional musician, touring around the world with Duke Robillard. He has also played numerous clubs, weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, chinese restaurants, coffee houses, and opening slots for, among others, Wilson Pickett and Greg Allman. His precision and flow qualified him to be a faculty member at the National Guitar Summer Workshop in Connecticut. In 1995 he released his debut album on Big Mo Records, Eyes Wide Open.
In 1997 Murali met Marshall Chess. Marshall was raised at the Chess Records studios working with historic talents such as Muddy, the Wolf, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Etta James; following the sale he co-founded and operated Rolling Stone Records and produced projects for Sire, Island and Tommy Boy. After touring 13 countries to promote the 50th anniversary of Chess Records, Marshall and his cousin Kevin Chess started a new record label akin to the style of the great Chicago label that bears their name, with the philosophy of recording exceptional artists and working with them to get their best performance on tape. They formed CZYZ Records, "Dedicated to Artistry and Performance."
Marshall saw Murali playing in a club and connected with Murali's style of singing and playing. Production began at Bearsville Studios in Woodstock, NY with Murali and bassist Bill Foster and drummer Rod Gross. Bill and Rod have played together professionally as a rhythm section since their teens. Marshall uses a technique combining the best of both new and old recording styles. His goal was to get the trio to lock together, to play as one , just as all of the original greats had to play when there was only two-track recording. Marshall felt the old way of recording without extensive over-dubbing was a key ingredient in getting the feeling back into the music. When there is no chance to do it over repeatedly you are forced to focus more. The extra focus can take the session to a higher level.
As to Murali's playing and singing at the same time, Murali says, "Theres a symbiotic relationship there. When the voice and guitar are working together, it's like two things create a third thing. On a track like "Who's Been Talking", sometimes I can't believe it's me. It sounds like a separate guitar player and singer, but it's not."
After recording "So Many Roads, So Many Trains" at the first Bearsville session, Marshall knew that he had the artist he was looking for. Kevin, in the classic A&R tradition, picked 40 songs which fit the concept of this trio's electrical power and groove. These were whittled down to fifteen including a Murali-penned "Stop",the Marvin Gaye classic "Sexual Healing",the Otis Rush urgency of "I'm Satisfied" and Bo Diddley's infectious "Pills."
The result of these magical sessions is "2120", an electric blues sound with a strong dose of sexuality.
DEDICATED TO ARTISTRY AND PERFORMANCE
*** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ***
THE CHESS FAMILY IS BACK IN THE RECORD BUSINESS
Marshall and Kevin Chess announce the formation of CZYZ Records
Marshall and Kevin Chess, sons of the co-founders of the legendary CHESS Records, Leonard and Phil Chess, proudly announce the first release on CZYZ Records.
"2120" featuring Murali Coryell
Murali is the son of seminal jazz fusion guitarist Larry Coryell. His soulful vocals and powerful guitar playing center a band driven by bassist Bill Forster and drummer Rod Gross.
Marshall and Kevin, working under the CZYZ slogan "dedicated to artistry and performance", aim to record and develop a select number of artists focusing on organic recording and artist development in the tradition of Chess Records.
The album is named after the historic address of the Chess Studios, 2120 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago. Home of blues great Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Elmore James and Bo Diddley and many more. Marshall, raised in the hallways of the studios, co-founder of Rolling Stones Records and a significant producer in his own right, produced a record worthy of the name "2120". He focused on recording the trio using a combination of new and old recording techniques, forcing the players to play as a single unit to capture the magic that is lost by too much over dubbing. The CD contains contemporary recordings of blues and soul as well as original songs by Murali. The resulting of these magical sessions is "2120", an electric blues sound with a strong dose of sexuality.
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1. I'm Satisfied
3. Who Told You
4. Hidden Charms
5. All Your Love
6. She's Into Something
7. I Can't Hold Out
8. So Many Roads, So Many Trains
9. That's How It Is (When You're in Love)
10. Who's Been Talking
12. All My Whole Life
14. Bright Lights, Big City
15. Sexual Healing