Murali Coryell to bring American blues-rock to Beirut
Murali Coryell, the American blues-rock vocalist and guitarist who has a soulful voice and a powerful guitar style, will perform this week a concert at Bongos club in Beirut, according to the daily al Nahar.
In his second visit to Lebanon, Coryell will perform his concert along with his band The Coryells, as well as Lebanese musical players, Abboud al Saadi (buss), Fuad Afra (Drums) and Arthur Satian (piano), who accompanied Coryell in his first concert performed in Lebanon early this year.
Being raised in the midst of great music and musicians was a natural foundation for Murali to develop his own artistic style and talents. Guitar playing was a way of life in the Coryell household, and Murali’s father, jazz great Larry Coryell, pushed him to discover his own sound. From an early age, Murali gravitated toward the music of blues and soul giants like Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy and Al Green. The 26-year old singer/guitarist began his career touring with the blues guitarist Duke Robillard, and today leads his own powerful ensemble. Murali’s most recent release is 2120, on the Chess family’s CZYZ Records.
While the elder Coryell’s feet are firmly planted in jazz, Murali’s tastes lean more toward the areas of blues, rhythm and blues and soul. Listening to Murali’s recordings, especially 2120 or Eyes Wide Open make his musical focus quite clear – Albawaba.com