Never content to stand still, Coryell abandoned his electric sensibilities for much of the '80s in favor of a gentler, equally accomplished acoustic sound while touring with the likes of Paco De Lucia and John McLaughlin. Regardless of genre, however, Coryell's chameleon-like abilities have allowed him to fit into any situation, including a recent appearance in Spain, where he felt right at home during a salute to some of the world's greatest guitarists, including B.B. King, Robbie Robertson, Bob Dylan, and Les Paul. Among the 60 or so albums that appear under his own name, the recently released Cedars of Avalon (HighNote) finds Coryell working the mainstream tradition in a way that only he can manage, and it just might be his best album of recent vintage to boot.
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