Skip to comments.Guitarist Larry Coryell, Godfather Of Fusion, Dies At 73
Posted on 02/21/2017 11:02:45 AM PST by nickcarraway
Larry Coryell, the jazz guitarist known as the "Godfather of Fusion," died Sunday night at a hotel in New York City, according to his publicist. He was 73.
Coryell was still performing more than 50 years after his first recordings. He played at New York jazz club Iridium on Friday and Saturday night, and had plans for a summer tour with his fusion group The Eleventh House.
Coryell's recordings in the late 1960s, first with his band the Free Spirits, then with the Gary Burton Quartet and finally as a bandleader, predicted the rise of jazz-rock fusion and contributed to the sonic evolution the genre. It's no wonder that snippets of his work were sampled by renowned producers, including J Dilla and DJ Shadow.
On the NPR program Billy Taylor's Jazz, Dr. Taylor described Coryell as such: "[Larry] plays all the styles, Latin, jazz-rock, straight ahead jazz, European classical music. You name it, he's a master of it."
In 1970, after two records under his own name, Coryell recorded the groundbreaking fusion album Spaces. The project featured fellow guitarist John McLaughlin, pianist Chick Corea on keyboards, bassist Miroslav Vitou on bass and drummer Billy Cobham.
The guitarist's '70s output totaled more than 20 albums as either a leader or co-leader. Coryell briefly worked with McLaughlin in The Guitar Trio in 1979, but was replaced after a year by Al Di Meola due a drug addiction.
Despite a decline in critical attention, Coryell remained remarkably productive through the 1980s and beyond. He performed on more than 100 albums, and was due to release an Eleventh House record in June of this year.
Coryell leaves behind his wife, Tracey, daughters Annie and Allegra, sons Murali and Julian, and six grandchildren.
I heard this last night, very sad.
I remember “Spaces”. Listened to him and John Mclaughin all the time, recently picked up Inner Mounting Flame on DVD.
Oops, I mean CD, not DVD.
RIP. Inner Mounting Flame was one of my favorites, too.
Sorry to hear this. A *masterful* musician gone.
Saw him with Chick Corea once back in the day. Amazing musician.
I’m sorry for your loss.
I first heard of him when I listened to Herbie Mann’s “Memphis Underground” album back in the 1960’s. Coryell did the guitar rides, and that was some good guitar.
Met him and heard him play at the Jazz Workshop, downtown Boston on Boyleston St, back in 1972-3 timeframe. And now I’m heading over to youtube right now to listen to him again.... sad to hear the news.
Any relation to Don Coryell? From a different part of the country.
I discovered him when his second album, “Coryell,” came out in the early 70’s. The song “Beautiful Woman” blew my mind.
I later caught “Eleventh House” a few times live.
would love to see Bill Conners Out by 12
BTTT a true legend
First LP of his I bought and it is still in mint condition.
You can hear him laying the groundwork for Stevie Ray Vaughn on “Jam with Albert” in 1969
Saw Stevie too
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