Traffic (Larry Coryell, Victor Bailey, Lenny White) [WAV DOWNLOAD]

Traffic (Larry Coryell, Victor Bailey, Lenny White) [WAV DOWNLOAD]

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Traffic continues the CBW tradition of blending virtuosic original compositions with immaculately conceived interpretations of jazz and classic rock standards. Original songs on Traffic include go-for-the-throat throw downs like “Judith Loves Jazz,” “Door #3” and “Overruled,” while covers of Thelonious Monk’s “Misterioso” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Manic Depression” are also featured. The power trio/supergroup features the godfather of fusion guitar Larry Coryell, former Weather Report bassist Victor Bailey and veteran Return to Forever drummer Lenny White.

Though Coryell & Co. have been acclaimed for their raw, in-your-face sound, they also know how to apply finesse when necessary. Traffic even finds CBW unplugging for gentle acoustic respites like “Jake’s Lullaby” and “Joyce’s Favorite.” 

Other sonic highlights include a rare documented instance of Coryell playing slide on “Misterioso” and Bailey’s two-handed tapping technique on several tracks throughout the album. Recorded in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in New York, Traffic uncompromisingly captures the immediacy of uncompressed live music in a sonically rich environment; CBW just let the tape roll and channeled the spirit of the moment. “Monk told me one thing that I will never forget,” Coryell recalls.” He said, ‘Wrong is right, baby!’ And on this record, we all took his advice. We all made mistakes with authority and it sounds good.”