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Larry Coryell & the 11th House

Jazz Workshop, Boston, Mass, December 4, 1973
(1st set)

performance quality: A good stuff
recording quality: B to B+ (good
fidelity, but some static in parts)
source: FM broadcast (2nd gen.?)
runtime: 55:30 (minutes/seconds)

lineage: Maxell XLII 90 min. trade cassette (2nd gen.?) >
played on nak. bx-300 into soundforge (wav) >
flac (sb's aligned) > torrentially yours.

1. radio announcer introduction 0:25
2. yin 7:47
3. Low-Lee-Tah 6:39
4. the funky waltz 6:20
5. ism 4:40
6. gratitude 6:05
7. band introductions 2:13
8. joyride (end applause spliced, tape flip) 12:04
9. drum solo > birdfinger and radio announcer outro 9:15

Larry Coryell: guitar
Randy Brecker: trumpet
Mike Mandel: keyboards
Danny Trifan: bass
Alphonse Mouzon: drums

although Larry had been broadcasted with his "foreplay" band the year before
in Boston, this was the 1st time the 11th house was broadcasted live in Boston
(and not the last) probably during a three night run which was the usual
scheduling policy for shows at the Jazz Workshop and next-door Paul's Mall.
this set is featuring music from the band's great self titled debut album.
although this would probably be Larry's most familiar band to most folks,
he had already shared some wonderful music before forming the 11th house,
which would become one of the premiere of all fusion bands of the 1970's,
along with such company as the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Return to Forever.
although the performance is clearly not of a band that's been playing together
for a long time, raw and fresh and a little rough around a few edges, it was
still a very nice performance in a small club gig. many of the artists who
have played there would move into much larger venues later, including Miles Davis
(who was there in 1972 and 73), Herbie Hancock (twice in 1973), Return to Forever
(at least twice, in 1973), the McCoy Tyner group, and Jack DeJohnette's Directions.
it's a really awful sounding dive pit of a club with a legendary history of
shows from the 70's, rivalled in Boston only by the rock oriented Boston Tea Party
a few years earlier, another awful sounding dive pit of a room.
thanks to the unknown soul who was resourceful and bright enough to record this
classic show, and without any of the music or stage talk getting cut.
I really appreciate that, even more so with early 70's era shows.
some work was done to remove the worst of the static (as much as possible without
ruining the recording) especially during "gratitude" and the drum solo.
it was pretty hard to listen to before, but the finished result in here
came out rather enjoyably. it took some doing and patience but was worth it,
since it's Larry from the early 70's, and he even clarifies the correct spelling
for track 3's title. this set is seamless (no gaps or interruptions.)

Thanks to the taper and sharers!
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