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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 music during the late-1960s and early-1970s combined the influences of rock, jazz and eastern music. He formed his own group, The Eleventh House, in 1973. The album sold well in college towns and the ensemble toured widely to support that. Following the break-up of this band, Coryell played mainly acoustic guitar, but returned to electric guitar later in the 1980s. 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.

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.

Said about

David Miller, a jazz critic from All About Jazz, in his review of Coryell concert at the Iridium, said:

  • "This was jazz at its finest—complex and virtuosic yet easily accessible, at times intense, at others fun-filled, and always with the feeling of the unknown that comes with truly spontaneous and inspired improvisation. While the music was steeped in the bop tradition, the musicians continually found new ways to utilize the idiom. Few locations other than New York could host a powerhouse gathering of musical heavyweights of this order, and one can only hope that the shows have been recorded for a future release."

When NPR radio host Billy Taylor, on one of the editions of Billy Taylor's Jazz at the Kennedy Center, introduced Coryell, he said:

  • Versatile virtuoso guitarist Larry Coryell proves to be more than an outstanding musician; he’s also a particularly enlightening and affable conversationalist.


As leader

  • Lady Coryell (1968)
  • Coryell (1969)
  • Spaces (1970) with John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham, Miroslav Vitouš, Chick Corea
  • Barefoot Boy (1971)
  • Fairyland (1971) rec. live at Montreux Jazz Festival
  • Larry Coryell at the Village Gate (1971) with Melvyn Bronson (bass), Harry Wilkinson (drums)
  • Offering (1972) with Harry Wilkinson (composer of title track), Melvyn Bronson, Steve Marcus, Mike Mandel
  • The Real Great Escape (1973)
  • The Restful Mind (1975) with Ralph Towner, Glen Moore, Collin Walcott
  • Planet End (1975)
  • Larry Coryell/Philip Catherine – Twin House (1976)
  • The Lion and the Ram (1976)
  • Two for the Road (1977) with Steve Khan
  • Back Together Again (1977) with Alphonse Mouzon
  • Difference (1978)
  • Splendid (1978) with Philip Catherine
  • Standing Ovation (1978)
  • European Impressions (1978)
  • Tributaries (1979)
  • Young Django (1979) with Stephane Grappelli
  • Boléro (1981)
  • Round Midnight (1983) with Fumio Karashima
  • Together (1985) with Emily Remler
  • Sketches of Coryell (1996)
  • Spaces Revisited (1997)
  • Cause and Effect (1998) with Steve Smith, Tom Coster, Victor Wooten
  • Private Concert (Live) (1999)
  • Monk, Trane, Miles & Me (1999) with John Hicks, Willie Williams, Santi Debriano, Yoron Israel
  • Count's Jam Band Reunion (2001) with Steve Marcus
  • Gypsy Blood and Voodoo Crossing (2002) – Jimi Hendrix tributes with Paul Santa Maria
  • Three Guitars (2003) with Badi Assad, John Abercrombie
  • Tricycles (2004)
  • Electric (2005) with Lenny White, Victor Bailey
  • Traffic (2006) with Lenny White, Victor Bailey
  • Laid Back & Blues: Live at the Sky Church in Seattle (2006)
  • Larry Coryell with the Wide Hive Players (2011)
  • Montgomery (2011) Patuxent Records with John Colianni piano and James Cammack bass
  • Duality (2011) Random Acts Records duet with Kenny Drew Jr. on piano
  • The Lift (2013)

With The Eleventh House

  • Introducing Eleventh House with Larry Coryell (1974)
  • Larry Coryell and the Eleventh House at Montreux (1974)
  • Level One (1975)
  • Aspects (1976)

As sideman

with Jim Pepper; "Pepper's Pow Wow" (Embryo Records), 1971 With Gary Burton

  • Duster (RCA, 1967)
  • Lofty Fake Anagram (RCA, 1967)
  • A Genuine Tong Funeral (RCA, 1968)
  • Gary Burton Quartet in Concert (RCA, 1968)

With the Jazz Composer's Orchestra

  • The Jazz Composer's Orchestra (1968)

With Wolfgang Dauner

  • Knirsch (1972)

With The Free Spirits

  • Out of Sight and Sound (1967)

With Chico Hamilton

  • The Dealer (Impulse!, 1966)

With Arnie Lawrence

  • Look Toward a Dream (1969)

With Herbie Mann

  • Memphis Underground (1969)

With Michael Mantler

  • Movies (1977)

With Steve Marcus

  • Count's Rock Band (1968)
  • The Lord's Prayer (1968)

With Charles Mingus

  • Three or Four Shades of Blues (Atlantic, 1977)

With Bob Moses

  • Love Animal (1967–68)

With Chico O'Farrill

  • Nine Flags (Impulse!, 1966)

With Simon & Bard Group

  • The Enormous Radio with Paul Wertico (1984)

With Joey DeFrancesco

  • Wonderful, Wonderful (2012)

With Dennis Haklar

  • Lizard's Tale (2012)

With Michael Mantler

  • Movies (1977)

With The Fusion Syndicate

  • The Fusion Syndicate (2012)

With The Wide Hive Players

  • Players II Guitar (2010)


  • Meeting of the Spirits (1980) – live performance in London with Coryell, John McLaughlin, and Paco de Lucia.
  • L. Subramaniam: Violin From the Heart (1999) – directed by Jean Henri Meunier. (Includes a scene of Coryell performing with L. Subramaniam.)
  • Three Guitars: Paris Concert (2004) – live performance featuring Coryell, Badi Assad, and John Abercrombie.
  • Super Guitar Trio and Friends in Concert (2005) – live performance featuring Coryell, Al Di Meola, and Biréli Lagrène.
  • Super Guitar Trio Live in Montreux (2007) - Live performance featuring Coryell, Al Di Meola, and Biréli Lagrène.


External links

  • at AllMusic