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Murali Coryell - Son of jazz-rock fusion guitar legend
Larry Coryell and author/actress Julie Coryell, contemporary soul blues
artist Murali Coryell grew up surrounded by great music - by the likes of
Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis and
Santana. Murali began playing drums at
age 8 and continued through junior high school. He started playing guitar
after discovering the blues in his early teens. "I was into the music of Led
Zeppelin, particularly a minor blues tune called 'Since I've Been Loving
You'. My dad told me if I wanted to hear some REAL blues to get
'Live At The Regal' which to this day, I consider one of the greatest
recordings ever made. The emotion and sadness in B.B. King's voice and
guitar really spoke to me. That's When I first picked up a guitar." He took
lessons for a while but picked up most of what he learned from listening to
the music of other blues guitar greats...besides B.B., from early
Albert Collins, Jimi Hendrix and Albert King.
The big turning point in Murali's musical career came at age 15 when he
attended the National Guitar Summer Workshop in Connecticut. "For the first
time in my life I got serious about my music. I started playing all the
time. I got into jazz." He joined a jazz ensemble at college, studied
classical guitar and graduated with a degree in music theory and
composition. He founded a soul/blues band, The Ambassadors, in upstate New
York in the late 80s. The band quickly became a regional favorite in New
York's Hudson Valley area. In the summer of '94, while a faculty member at
the Guitar Workshop, Murali met Duke Robillard who was teaching a master
class. Robillard heard me sing at a concert and asked to sit in with my
band. He called me a month later and hired me as second guitarist for his
upcoming world tour. He featured me on a couple of vocal tunes, Ray Charles'
'I Got A Woman' and Albert King's 'The Hunter'". Soon after, Murali was
signed by the fledgling Big Mo Records label as a solo artist resulting in
his Stax/Volt influenced debut CD, “Eyes Wide Open” In 1999 Murali recorded
“2120” for Marshall Chess' CZYZ label. Rolling Stone magazine named Murali
“One promising new hound”. Since that time he's released several albums
including 2003's "Strong As I Need To Be", 2005's "The Future Of Blues", the
acoustic album "Don't Blame It On Me" in 2007, 2008's "The Same Damn Thing"
and 2009's "Sugar Lips" as well as a collaboration with his father Larry and
brother Julian "The Coryells" (2000/Chesky Records).
In addition to performing with his own group, Murali has toured as a featured artist with award winning blues artist Joe Louis Walker and his father, jazz guitar legend Larry Coryell.
"He can play beer-soaked blues until last call, and he can also hang
with more pop-tinged material-think a grittier, bluesier John Mayer."
(Mark Uricheck/Living Blues"