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Larry Coryell

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Musician magazine named him to its list of 100 greatest guitarists alive today, and after releasing more than 60 albums as a leader and playing on dozens more as a sideman in the last 40 years, Larry Coryell's definitely earned that honor. Exploring the sound of the six- string in an extraordinary number of settings, he's done straight-ahead jazz, classical-influenced solo guitar, funk- rock fusion, light pop and guitar duos and trios with some of the top names in jazz.

Born April 2, 1943 in Galveston, Texas, Coryell grew up in Richland, Wash., and got his musical start in the Seattle rock and pop scene

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Article: Touchstone Album Picks

Bill Frisell: Never Ending Revelations

Read "Bill Frisell: Never Ending Revelations" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Touchstone Albums Picks is a new column from All About Jazz that invites artists to talk about the albums that have moved and inspired them and perhaps in some way informed their own music. In celebration of the publication of Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer (Faber & Faber, 2022), Irish journalist Philip Watson's definitive biography of the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Kurt Elling, Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio & Buster Williams

Read "Kurt Elling, Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio & Buster Williams" reviewed by Joe Dimino


From legendary bassist Buster Williams, we stride into the 748th Episode of Neon Jazz. After Buster, we hear from his old friend, guitarist Larry Coryell. In that esteemed group of veterans, we also hear from the 95-year old guitarist George Freeman and a new song off his 2022 album Everybody Say Yeah. Along with old school ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

String Players: From Django Reinhardt to Joe Morris and Beyond

Read "String Players: From Django Reinhardt to Joe Morris and Beyond" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This program focuses on string players of all types, mostly guitarists but with some bassists and violinists also thrown in. The show ranges from classic players like Kenny Burrell and Barney Kessel to modernists like Joe Morris and Mary Halvorson. There is even a set on gypsy/Western swing. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Larry Coryell

Jazz Musician of the Day: Larry Coryell

All About Jazz is celebrating Larry Coryell's birthday today! Musician magazine named him to its list of 100 greatest guitarists alive today, and after releasing more than 60 albums as a leader and playing on dozens more as a sideman in the last 40 years, Larry Coryell's definitely earned that honor. Exploring the sound of the ...

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Article: Under the Radar

Charu Suri: The Jazz Raga

Read "Charu Suri: The Jazz Raga" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The Roots of Indo-JazzJazz and Indian ragas share common ground in their traditional use of improvisation. They are often talked about in compatible terms, but Ravi Shankar, for one, did not believe that ragas could be compared to jazz improvisation. Spontaneous creation in jazz differs from the complex rhythmic structural patterns of Indian improvisation. Shankar became ...

News: Video / DVD

Larry Coryell and Ralph Towner: First Videos

Larry Coryell and Ralph Towner: First Videos

Late yesterday afternoon, I heard from Kristian St. Clair, a filmmaker whose work includes This Is Gary McFarland, a superb documentary on the composer-arranger (more here and here). Kristian tells me he is busy on a new film project about Seattle jazz multi-instrumentalist Chuck Mahaffay. In the process, he said, he came across what he says ...

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Larry Coryell's Last Swing With Ireland

Label: Angel Air
Released: 2021
Track listing: In a Sentimental Mood; Morning of the Carnival; Relaxin’ at the Camarillo; Someday my Prince Will Come; The Last Peavey; 369.

Album

The Last Call

Label: ACT Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Ms. Julie; Homecomings; Manha de Carnaval; Jemin-Eye'n; Embraceable You; Bags' Groove; Green Dolphin Street

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Article: Top Ten List

Pat Martino Top Ten Albums: More Than Meets The Eye

Read "Pat Martino Top Ten Albums: More Than Meets The Eye" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Hugely admired by his peers, guitarist Pat Martino never really enjoyed the high profile accorded the likes of John McLaughlin, John Abercrombie, Pat Metheny or John Scofield, though in that esteemed company the Philadelphian guitarist, who passed away in 2021, surely belongs. In a sixty-year career, interrupted for the guts of a decade by ...


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