“Having grown up surrounded by some of the best music the world had to offer, and the son of jazz guitarist Larry Coryell, it comes as no surprise that Murali Coryell is one of the hottest, most well-rounded guitarists in the business.
“Mr. Senator features a greatly, diverse collection of tunes in a variety of styles that ranges from blues and soul to tunes with a distinct international flair.
“He got his start in the business touring with Richie Havens. From there he signed on with Duke Robillard before flying solo. Aside from touring with his own band, Coryell has toured with Joe Louis Walker, saxophonist Bill Evans, his father, jazz guitarist Larry Coryell and more.
“Backing Coryell on Mr. Senator are Ernie Durawa on drums & percussion, Chris Alcaraz on bass (1, 3, 6, 7, 9 &10) and special guests Bill Evans on sax (cut 3), Louis Ortega on second guitar (cuts 1 & 10) and second vocals (cut 2) and Tony Levin on bass (cuts 2, 4, 5 & 8).
“The album consists of six tunes written (or co-written) by Murali and 4 well-chosen covers. This band is tight, to say the very least.
“The musicianship is unquestionably top-notch, powerful and passionate. While this album is, in some respects, all over the map, it flows beautifully. Blues, soul, R&B, touches of jazz, pop, rock and more blend seamlessly. The more I listen to this, the more impressed I am with it.
“One of the things that I liked most about this recording is that the songs are front and center, the most important thing happening. There is no stroking of egos and no hot-dogging. This boils down to three guys doing what they love and what they do best.
“With the election fast approaching, I was particularly taken with the title track. Musicians, and especially blues artists, have always shown an interest in the political climate. Mr. Senator is one of those albums that will never grow old.
“Murali Coryell and company hit it out of the park. This is as good as it gets. With 8 albums to his credit, this cat has nothing to prove. His guitar work is tastefully done, tearing it up when the occasion called for it and showing remarkable restraint in other cases. Lovers of guitar will find this one particularly interesting. The business is full of superb guitarists…Murali Coryell is second to none.” – Bill Wilson