Singer-guitarist Murali Coryell brings his virtuosic brand of contemporary blues to Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, November 19, at 9pm. Coryell will be celebrating the release of his new album, “Mr. Senator.”
Murali Coryell is a triple-threat contemporary blues artist who can sing, write, and play guitar with the best in the business. As the son of guitar legend Larry Coryell, Murali grew up around the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, and Carlos Santana. In 1994, Murali got his first touring experience backing up folk music icon Richie Havens. In 1995, Murali joined Duke Robillard’s touring band and was quickly signed as a solo artist resulting in the Stax/Volt influenced-album, “Eyes Wide Open.”
In 1999 Murali recorded “2120” for Marshall Chess, for which Rolling Stone named Murali “One promising new hound.” In addition to touring with his own band, Murali has toured as a featured artist with Larry Coryell, Bill Evans, and Joe Louis Walker. Murali’s 2009 album “Sugar Lips” was critically acclaimed by Cortney Harding of Billboard, who called it “one sweet triptych across the musical map.” Murali followed that one up in 2014 with “Restless Mind,” recorded in Austin.
Building on a successful musical and recording formula in Austin, Murali has released the next chapter of his recording career with the 2016 release, “Mr. Senator,” with saxophonist Bill Evans, bassist Tony Levin, and guitarist/vocalist Louie Ortega. The album is already garnering rave reviews, and the title track may be a sly dig at Texas Senator and would-be-president Ted Cruz, according to this review.
Check out the title track here. The new album also includes cover versions of the late Leon Russell’s “This Masquerade” and Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground.”
What has always struck me is how Murali boasts that classic English blues-rock sound in both his vocals and his playing – check out this video of him performing “Standing the Test of Time,” and see what I mean – Clapton, Page, Jimi (who had to go to England to get recognized) – you can see the lineage (or at least I can). I get the same sense from his performance of “Please Please Baby“.