Murali Coryell

Murali Coryell
Restless Mind

Shake it Sugar Records

By Georgetown Fats
August 2014

Born to jazz fusion legend Larry Coryell and his wife Julie, it would have been a bigger surprise if Murali had not become an accomplished musician and guitar player in his own right. Rather than mine the same material as the sons of Bonham, Zappa and Morganfield, while they may share the same instrument, Murali is his own man musically. Due to personal tastes, this may or may not work for the listener.

The opening track of Restless Mind kicks off with “Waiting and Wasting Away.” Heavy on adult contemporary radio-friendly guitar licks and choruses and light on blues content it feels like the sort of material that assures I’d never pay a membership to satellite radio to increase my diet of contemporary blues music.

On “Sex Machine” Coryell rehashes yet another tired blues idiom in a very milquetoast fashion. As a Dad of a daughter, I can only hope any potential musician suitors for my little girl would consider Coryell’s “Sex Machine” to be risqué.

Coryell closes out Restless Mind with a cover of a cover of Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get it On.” While the cover won’t let anyone forget the original track, Coryell does actually bring his A-game vocally with some inspired singing. By the time the tune breaks into an extended guitar solo section, I can’t help but contemplate a rewrite of the beginning of my review.

While personally not my musical bag, Murali Coryell should receive substantial airplay and positive press with Restless Mind. Truth be told too, there is enough here on Restless Mind that I’d be inclined to catch the man live for further evaluation.

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