February 21, 2017
The “godfather of fusion”.
Legendary jazz and fusion guitarist Larry Coryell has died aged 73, Billboard reports.
One of the pioneers of jazz-rock, Coryell released over 60 albums as a leader, recording alongside the likes of Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Chico Hamilton and Herbie Mann, with whom he recorded the genre-defining Memphis Underground in 1969.
Playing with fusion powerhouse The Eleventh House throughout the ’70s – contemporaries of Mahavishnu Orchestra and Chick Corea’s Return To Forever – Coryell may not have been as well known as the era’s great pioneers, but his influence on the development of jazz and funk is undisputed.
As James Brown and Parliament-Funkadelic bassist Bootsy Collins’ tweeted in a tribute to Coryell, “We lost another fusion that connected electricity with life.”
Listen to his virtuoso performance on ‘Chris’ from 1969 album Spaces below:
Photo: Larry Coryell Bandcamp