Larry Coryell

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Larry Coryell (born April 2, 1943) is an American jazz fusion guitarist. Coryell was born in Galveston, Texas. He graduated from Richland High School, in Richland, Washington, where he played in local bands the Jailers, the Rumblers, the Royals, and the Flames. He also played with the Checkers from nearby Yakima, Washington. He then moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington. He played in a number of popular Northwest bands, including the Dynamics, while living in Seattle. In 1965, Coryell moved to New York City where he became part of Chico Hamilton's quintet, replacing Gabor Szabo. In 1967 and 1968, he recorded with Gary Burton. Also during the mid-1960s he played with the Free Spirits, his very first recorded band. His music during the late-1960s and early-1970s combined the influences of rock, jazz and eastern music. He married Jewish writer-actress Julie Nathanson prior to the release of his first solo album, Lady Coryell, which like the follow-up album Coryell, the live At The Village Gate, as well as the later record, The Lion and the Ram featured her photos on the cover . Julie's poetry was featured on the back cover of Ram. She was to be an integral part of his musical career/writing-inspiration including management, and her appearance at recording sessions was noted by several side-men. She also wrote a book based on several interviews with various jazz-rock musicians, including her husband, Chick Corea and John McLaughlin. In the early seventies, he led a group of various incarnations that all included Mike Mandel (a childhood friend of Larry's) called "Foreplay," although the albums of this period - Barefoot Boy, Offering, and The Real Great Escape were credited to just "Larry Coryell." He formed his own named-group, The Eleventh House, in 1973. The album sold well in college towns and the ensemble toured widely to support that. Several of the group's albums featured drummer Alphonse Mouzon. Following the breakup of this band, Coryell played mainly acoustic guitar, but returned to electric guitar later in the 1970s - including an album jointly credited with Mouzon and an album with the Brubeck Brothers that was recorded direct-to-disc, that being a new technique/fad at the time. He made several acoustic guitar duet records, including two with Belgian guitarist (and former Focus member) Philip Catherine, their first pairing Twin House (which contained the composition "Miss Julie") from 1977 picking up very favorable reviews. In 1979, Coryell formed The Guitar Trio with jazz fusion guitarist John McLaughlin and flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia. The group toured Europe briefly, eventually releasing a video recorded at Royal Albert Hall in London entitled "Meeting of Spirits". In early 1980, Coryell's drug addiction led to him being replaced by Al Di Meola. Julie Coryell sang on one track of Coryell's 1984 album Comin' Home. The couple went through a messy divorce in 1985. She died in 2009. Coryell recorded an album with (and was briefly romantically involved with)Wes Montgomery-influenced guitarist Emily Remler before her death from a heroin overdose while on tour in Australia. In 2007, Coryell published an autobiography titled Improvising: My Life in Music. Larry's two sons, Julian Coryell and Murali Coryell, are also actively involved in the music business. David Miller, a jazz critic from All About Jazz, in his review of Coryell concert at the Iridium, said: When NPR radio host Billy Taylor, on one of the editions of Billy Taylor's Jazz at the Kennedy Center, introduced Coryell, he said: With The Eleventh House With Gary Burton With Randy Brecker With the Jazz Composer's Orchestra With Wolfgang Dauner With The 5th Dimension With The Free Spirits With Chico Hamilton With Arnie Lawrence With Herbie Mann With Michael Mantler With Steve Marcus With Charles Mingus With Bob Moses With Chico O'Farrill With The Arista All Stars With Simon & Bard Group With Joey DeFrancesco With Dennis Haklar With Michael Mantler With The Fusion Syndicate With The Wide Hive Players