"Marshall Chess now uses a technique combining the best of 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. The old way of recording without extensive overdubbing 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. That extra focus can take the music to a higher level."
The debut release on his new Czyz Records family label (the original spelling) is by one of legendary jazz guitarist Larry Coryell's sons. Murali Coryell This album reveals a maturity which seems far beyond Murali's 28 years. His intense, soulful vocals evoke a young Otis Rush and, while his guitar has a wicked distorted tone, it is always tasteful and never pretentious or overwhelming.
The trio, which includes bassist Bill Foster and drummer Rod Gross, stick mostly to classic Chicago blues tunes but they also do a couple of other interesting covers like "Sexual Healing" by Marvin Gaye and "Pills" by Bo Diddley (& later the New York Dolls !). Murali also wrote one of the CD's 15 tracks - "Stop", showing promise as a songwriter as well ! There are also dynamite versions of the immortal Magic Sam's "All My Whole Life" and "All Your Love", but their rendition of "So Many Roads, So Many Trains" alone is worth the price of admission here. It must seem a little ironic to Otis Rush, whose tenure with Chess was not particularly satisfying !
Oh yeah, 'sup with the that title? 2120 S. Michigan Avenue was the Chicago address of Chess Records for many years. This CD is cool on so many levels, by all means, check it out!