Larry Coryell Day

April 2, 1943 – February 19, 2017

A birthday tribute to a fantastic guitarist

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Guitarist Larry Coryell was born on April 02, 1943 in Gavelston, Texas.

In 1965 after playing in a number of pop rock bands in Washington State, he moved to NYC where he joined the Chico Hamiton Quintet.

Gary Burton, Charles Mingus, John McLaughlin, Paco de Lucia, and Lenny White are some of the musicians he’s been associated with over the years.

He also played in the jazz/rock group “The Free Spirits” during the same period.

Beginning in the late ’60s his music began to combine rock and jazz with Eastern music culminating in the 1973 formation of his band, “The Eleventh House.”

After the band broke up Coryell formed an acoustic guitar trio in 1979 John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia and briefly toured Europe.

Coryell’s autobiography “Improvising: My Life in Music” was published in 2007.

Larry Coryell is featured live in Sevilla, Spain during October 1991.


George Duke,keyboards
Larry Coryell, guitar
Ray Brown, bass
Ray Cooper, percussion
Dennis Chambers, drums
So What (Miles Davis)


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