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Larry Coryell's 11th House: Seven Secrets

Read "Seven Secrets" reviewed by John Kelman

Time truly is fleeting; just look at the circumstances surrounding the release of Larry Coryell's Seven Secrets, the guitarist's first studio release with his 11th House group in 41 years. The idea for reuniting this seminal '70s fusion group first came in 2015, when the lineup for a previously booked one-week engagement at New York's The Blue Note club unexpectedly fell through. Rather than cancel, Coryell suggested bringing most of the 11th House's original members back together--trumpeter Randy ...

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Larry Coryell: Free Spirit and Pioneer

Read "Larry Coryell: Free Spirit and Pioneer" reviewed by Steve Khan

Not too long ago, I learned that sadly, one of my great inspirations, guitarist Larry Coryell had passed away here in New York on February 19th, 2017. Somewhere around 1968, I remember being in college at U.C.L.A. and going several times to see Larry play as part of the visionary Gary Burton Quartet. Usually they played at Shelly's Manne-Hole. Perhaps the second time that I saw the group, they were recording their second album, Lofty Fake Anagram in the afternoons ...

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Larry Coryell: Spaces

Read "Spaces" reviewed by Sacha O'Grady

The origin of Spaces can be traced back to when Larry Coryell saw John McLaughlin performing at Count Basie's nightclub with the Tony Williams Lifetime ensemble. Apparently he was so impressed with what he heard, that he invited McLaughlin to join him in the studio and record what would turn out to be arguably one of the very first jazz-rock/jazz-fusion records made at that moment in time. Not that they would have known it. But as Bob Dylan sang, the ...

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Larry Coryell: Heavy Feel

Read "Heavy Feel" reviewed by Doug Collette

Only the most most skilled and confident musicians can record a sterling album in two days but if anyone qualifies for inclusion in that category, it's Larry Coryell. A veteran of no small renown, albeit somewhat under the radar compared to peers like John McLaughlin, the former leader of the Eleventh House radiates the surety of a master on Heavy Feel, all the while maintaining the distinctive sound of his guitar that hearkens straight back to influential titles from early ...

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Larry Coryell: Aurora Coryellis

Read "Aurora Coryellis" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

In the 1970s musicians were spinning new threads on the jazz language and guitarist Larry Coryell prominently figured into these schematics while also designated as one of the grandfathers of jazz fusion, namely due to his electrified work with vibraphonist Gary Burton on Duster (RCA, 1967). This 3-CD box set complete with a detailed booklet captures the artist at three different venues performing solo acoustic guitar, fusion and a revved up modern jazz guitar trio setting. These discs present an ...

INTERVIEWS

Larry Coryell: Less Rock, More Jazz

Read "Larry Coryell: Less Rock, More Jazz" reviewed by Todd S. Jenkins

This interview was originally published at All About Jazz in June 2001. A true jazz pioneer, guitarist Larry Coryell was one of the earliest musicians to experiment with the fusion of jazz and rock styles. Originally from Galveston, Texas, Coryell moved to New York in 1965, at a time when the city's music scene was infused with a richly creative spirit. Early on he performed with Chico Hamilton, Gary Burton, and the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra headed by ...

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Larry Coryell: A Family Affair

Read "Larry Coryell: A Family Affair" reviewed by AAJ Staff

This interview was originally published at All About Jazz in March 2000. All About Jazz: The Coryells seems to be your most personal album yet. Larry Coryell: The idea of recording with my sons seemed like a good idea at the time. It was a great joy to record with my sons. The sessions went beautifully. AAJ: Had you recorded with them before? LC: I had them on a Shanachie release in ...

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Larry Coryell & The Eleventh House: Larry Coryell & The Eleventh House: January 1975 (Livelove Series Vol 1)

Read "Larry Coryell & The Eleventh House: January 1975 (Livelove Series Vol 1)" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Guitarist Larry Coryell is unquestionably one of the pioneers of jazz/rock fusion, incorporating rock elements as early as the mid-1960s with the group The Free Spirits, and later with vibraphonist Gary Burton. He never attained the recognition of many who followed, but the Eleventh House was an attempt to attract the same audience as groups like John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report, and Chick Corea's Return to Forever. The Eleventh House that played Bremen in 1975 was the same group ...

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Kenny Drew, Jr. and Larry Coryell: Duality

Read "Duality" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

The jazz duo affords its participants wonderful opportunities to stretch out creatively. Ideas, suggestions and negotiations of all musical kinds percolate back and forth. And, in the best of instances, they birth new nuggets for further development and exploration. At the same time, the duet framework can possibly limit, as competitive natures and stylistic dichotomies might overtake the mutual partnership and pose distraction. Duality, which features the marvelous talents of pianist Kenny Drew, Jr. and guitarist Larry ...

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Larry Coryell: Making the Changes

Read "Larry Coryell: Making the Changes" reviewed by Tom Greenland

“This is all Coltrane, from his early/middle/late period, whatever that means!" laughs guitarist Larry Coryell. He is sitting backstage in the green room at Iridium in 2009, describing a chart he is about to try out with organist Joey DeFrancesco. “And then this part here is very much like 'All Blues,' like Miles," he says, humming the line: “Bah-deh-doo-deh, DAY-deh-doo-dee, doo-dah-doo-dah, duh--it's in that same chord, that same mode." Indicating the next section, he continues, “And then it goes, here, ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Larry Coryell with Joey DeFrancesco at the Iridium

Read "Larry Coryell with Joey DeFrancesco at the Iridium" reviewed by David Miller

Larry Coryell Organ TrioWith Joey DeFrancesco and Byron LandhamThe IridiumNew York, New YorkMarch 26, 2009The atmosphere was surprisingly quiet in advance of the early set at the reliably raucous Iridium on a rainy Thursday night. The excitement was palpable. I didn't fully understand--we were just going to hear a straight-ahead organ trio, one of the most predictable ensembles in jazz. It scarcely occurred to this writer that the crowd was here to be ...

FILM REVIEWS

Larry Coryell: A Retrospective

Read "Larry Coryell: A Retrospective" reviewed by Jim Santella

Larry Coryell A Retrospective Inakustik 2007

This two-DVD set complements Improvising: My Life In Music, guitarist Larry Coryell's 2007 autobiography from Backbeat Books. Filmed in concert at Hollywood's The Avalon in October 2005, the focus is on Coryell's blues-laden impressions of jazz and rock. Coryell grew up in the Seattle area and became heavily involved with drugs while attending the University of Washington. He moved to New York in 1965 and ...


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