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Larry Coryell biography
Lorenz Albert Van DeLinder III - April 2, 1943 (Galveston, Texas, USA) - February 19, 2017

"The greatest musician who ever lived as far as I'm concerned is Jimi Hendrix, but I hate him because he took everything away from me that was mine."
-Larry Coryell

Never consistently identified with any specific style of jazz or music in general, the improvisational guitar technique of Larry Coryell has lent its voice to a myriad of styles and moods of the musical spectrum. Jazz-rock fusion, blues, folk, contemporary classical, post bop, East Indian modal as well as forays into rhythmic Brazilian ethnic music make up some of the styles he has mastered over the course of 40 years of recording and performing. The configurations in which he performed were as equally as diverse and he has appeared in super bands, guitar duos, trios as well as a brooding unaccompanied soloist.

Born in Galveston, Texas on April 2, 1943 Coryell grew up in the Seattle, Washington area where his mother introduced him to the piano at the tender age of 4. He switched to guitar and played rock music while in his teens. He didn't consider himself good enough to pursue a music career and studied journalism at The University of Washington while simultaneously taking private guitar lessons. By 1965 he had relocated to New York City and began taking classical guitar lessons which would figure prominently in later stages of his career. Although citing Chet Atkins and Chuck Berry as early influences he also took cues from jazzmen such as John Coltrane and Wes Montgomery. He was also inspired by the popular music of the day by the Beatles, The Byrds and Bob Dylan and worked diligently to meld both rock and jazz stylings into his technique. This was reflected on his debut recording performance on drummer Chico Hamilton's album " The Dealer" where he sounded like chuck Berry at times with his almost distorted "fat" tone. Also in 1966 he formed a psychedelic band called The Free Spirits on which he also sang vocals, played the sitar and did most of the composing. Although conceptually the band's music conformed to the psychedelic formula with titles like "Bad News Cat" and" I'm Gonna Be Free" it foreshadowed jazz rock with more complex soloing by Coryell and Sax/flute player Jim Pepper. However, it wasn't until three years later after apprenticing on albums by Vibraphonist Gary Burton and flutist Herbie Mann and gigging with the l...
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3.96 | 16 ratings
The Free Spirits: Out of Sight and Sound
1967
3.07 | 13 ratings
Lady Coryell
1968
3.57 | 21 ratings
Coryell
1969
3.86 | 44 ratings
Spaces
1970
4.35 | 29 ratings
Barefoot Boy
1971
4.05 | 12 ratings
Offering
1972
2.19 | 9 ratings
The Real Great Escape
1973
4.03 | 47 ratings
The Eleventh House: Introducing The Eleventh House With Larry Coryell
1974
4.04 | 21 ratings
Planet End
1975
4.14 | 28 ratings
The Eleventh House: Level One
1975
2.98 | 15 ratings
The Restful Mind
1975
3.74 | 7 ratings
The Lion and the Ram
1976
3.11 | 10 ratings
Basics
1976
3.37 | 15 ratings
The Eleventh House: Aspects
1976
3.30 | 17 ratings
Larry Coryell & Alphonse Mouzon: Back Together Again
1977
3.06 | 11 ratings
Larry Coryel & Philip Catherine: Twin-House
1977
3.25 | 7 ratings
Larry Coryel & Philip Catherine: Splendid
1978
3.46 | 7 ratings
Standing Ovation
1978
3.48 | 7 ratings
Difference
1978
3.53 | 6 ratings
European Impressions
1978
3.13 | 6 ratings
Larry Coryell, John Scofield & Joe Beck: Tributaries
1979
3.58 | 8 ratings
Return
1979
2.54 | 4 ratings
Boléro
1981
4.00 | 2 ratings
Boléro
1981
3.00 | 1 ratings
Le Sacre du Printemps
1983
2.09 | 2 ratings
Comin' Home
1984
3.00 | 2 ratings
Larry Coryell & Michał Urbaniak: A Quiet Day in Spring
1984
2.25 | 3 ratings
Larry Coryell & Alphonse Mouzon: The 11th House
1985
4.58 | 3 ratings
Larry Coryell & Emily Remler: Together
1985
2.00 | 2 ratings
Toku Do
1988
2.00 | 1 ratings
American Odyssey
1990
1.13 | 4 ratings
Fallen Angel
1993
4.00 | 1 ratings
Sketches of Coryell
1996
3.12 | 10 ratings
Spaces Revisited
1997
3.91 | 7 ratings
Larry Coryell, Steve Smith & Tom Coster: Cause and Effect
1998
2.00 | 2 ratings
Monk, Trane, Miles & Me
1999
2.00 | 1 ratings
New High
2000
2.67 | 2 ratings
The Coryells
2000
3.00 | 3 ratings
Moonlight Whispers
2001
4.00 | 1 ratings
Inner Urge
2001
3.18 | 2 ratings
Cedars of Avalon
2002
3.27 | 6 ratings
Tricycles
2003
3.05 | 3 ratings
Larry Coryell, Victor Bailey & Lenny White: Electric
2005
3.50 | 4 ratings
Larry Coryell, Victor Bailey & Lenny White: Traffic
2006
3.05 | 3 ratings
The Lift
2013
5.00 | 1 ratings
Heavy Feel
2015
4.67 | 3 ratings
Barefoot Man: Sanpaku
2016

LARRY CORYELL Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.10 | 11 ratings
At the Village Gate
1971
4.15 | 7 ratings
Fairyland (Montreux Festival, 71)
1971
4.00 | 4 ratings
Two for The Road (with Steve Khan)
1976
4.00 | 11 ratings
Larry Coryell & The Eleventh House at Montreux
1978
4.00 | 1 ratings
Larry Coryell, Philip Catherine & Joachim Kuhn Live!
1980
2.51 | 3 ratings
Live from Bahia
1992
4.00 | 1 ratings
Three Guitars (with Badi Assad and John Abercrombie)
2003
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Power Trio (Live in Chicago)
2003
3.00 | 1 ratings
Laid Back & Blues Live at the Sky Church in Seattle
2006
4.00 | 1 ratings
Earthquake at the Avalon
2009

LARRY CORYELL Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.00 | 1 ratings
Three Guitars (with Badi Assad and John Abercrombie)
2004
4.00 | 1 ratings
A Retrospective (A Sequel to His Story)
2007

LARRY CORYELL Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.69 | 7 ratings
The Essential Larry Coryell
1975
4.00 | 1 ratings
Larry Coryell & The Eleventh House Improvisations - The Best of the Vanguard Years
1999
0.00 | 0 ratings
Prime Picks: The Virtuoso Guitar of Larry Coryell
2010

LARRY CORYELL Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

LARRY CORYELL Reviews


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 The Lift by CORYELL, LARRY album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.05 | 3 ratings

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The Lift
Larry Coryell Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars This career move or step is a bit surprising considering Coryell's roots in jazz for last decades. What we get here is neither a post-bop, nor fusion, nor contemporary jazz, this is late 60's psychedelic jazz- rock, which is quite straightforward in compositions but intricate in playing and sometimes intensity. It's nice to hear Coryell soloing, riffing and accompanying and bringing the rough touch. Psychedelic Hammond addition in a few numbers like the title track is excellent. Drumming is solid and reminiscent of late 60's intensity. Two acoustic numbers "Clear skies" and "First day of autumn" do not fit into this style but provide a 180 degree turn. There are even traces of hard rock like riffing on "Stadium Wave".

 Larry Coryell, Victor Bailey & Lenny White: Traffic by CORYELL, LARRY album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.50 | 4 ratings

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Larry Coryell, Victor Bailey & Lenny White: Traffic
Larry Coryell Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars The second album with Coryell, White and Bailey has the same concept as the predecessor - the mixture of rock and blues numbers played with a dose of jazz but rooted in rock spirit. Coryell's guitar sounds raw but with the fusion feeling. Bailey gives a busy bass punch with nice solos like on the first track "Judith loves jazz". It's also representative of White's drumming with plenty of changes. "Manic depression" captures the 60's spirit genuinely with Coryell being already experienced. Bailey and White add extra chops so the track feels even busier.

"Door #7" has plenty of felt improvisations by the guitar and bass, similar to "Drums and bass" (this one is without Coryell) and "Electric Jam". On the other hand, Coryell also gives solo on acoustic guitar with "Jake's lullaby" which goes 180 degrees away from the rest of the stuff - it's a beautiful stripped down ballad. Though musicians put more stress on improvisations than on the previous albums, the album is not necessarily more memorable. It will be mostly enjoyed by musicians fans who enjoy instumental candies and groove feeling that the band had.

 Larry Coryell, Victor Bailey & Lenny White: Electric by CORYELL, LARRY album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.05 | 3 ratings

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Larry Coryell, Victor Bailey & Lenny White: Electric
Larry Coryell Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars Having found yet another fusion superstar line-up, I think it's for the first time that Coryell plays together with Victor Bailey and Lenny White. Focus is on rhythmic tracks, not surprisingly. Bailey is an equal partner to Coryell, not afraid to play solos or ornately. White delivers pulsating rhythm, not overly fast but busy enough. Is it fusion or jazz-rock? I would say, a very accessible fusion.

There are some more straightforward almost rocking tracks like Coryell's "BB Blues" that have more groove and heaviness more than jazz elements. Notable covers include "So what" which is more sterile than the original naturally due to only 3 instruments and limited octave playing. "Black dog" by Led Zeppelin is less interesting being playing in a hard-rock style, the most notable difference being variable intensity and mildly interesting guitar solo in the middle part. "Born under a bad sign" is a bluesy cover with subdued jazz elements, the most interesting playing challenge is the bass solo. "Low Blow" is a highlight from a Bailey's solo album with great motive and fusion playing.

One of the heaviest solo efforts by Coryell from his 2000's output but not essential.

 Tricycles by CORYELL, LARRY album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.27 | 6 ratings

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Tricycles
Larry Coryell Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars Tricycles features unsurprisingly 3 musicians on the record: the drummer and bass player come from the Pat Metheny band. The presence of Mark Egan is quite unexpected since his music direction went into an opposite, more relaxed and atmospheric direction than Coryell's. Egan's playing is quite fast recognized in general and here he is again irresistible on his fretless bass not trying to copy the post-bop style of the covers. The drummer is reliable and inclines towards modern jazz, too, he offers several tasty transitions.

Coryell plays splendidly, with lyricism and tenderness where it's needed like on the Beatles cover. Most of tracks are fast-paced which allows player for some fusion elements to sneak it. The selection of tracks is a mixture of older Coryell's originals but also two compositions by Thelonious Monk which had been played 1000-times somewhere else so I would have expected less known covers.

Anyways, great playing by Coryell in particular.

 Cedars of Avalon by CORYELL, LARRY album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.18 | 2 ratings

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Cedars of Avalon
Larry Coryell Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars Coryell teams up with three other jazzmen to form a quartet with piano, bass and drums. On the playlist are mainly jazz covers by jazz masters. Coryell's playing is masterful as always, with lyricism and attention to details. Bass and drums get their space on stage, too.

Piano playing is competent but I feel that Coryell brings more fantasy and finesse. "What's new" has a dreamy landscape especially thanks to the very tasteful guitar. Another highlight is the sole guitar on "Shapes" that defies the post-bop categorization and closes the album on a thoughtful note. Hard to pick a standout track from here, it's more about the impression after listening to it all. Do not expect fusion playing here.

 Moonlight Whispers by CORYELL, LARRY album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.00 | 3 ratings

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Moonlight Whispers
Larry Coryell Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars Another Indian music inspired album with enough space for each musician. This time, I have the feeling that music is more melodic than on other Coryell Indian releases, maybe it's also more straightforward. "Kawloog Jag" is a former Eleventh House number, of course more laid back this time and Coryell doesn't explode on his guitar either. "Trem Brazil-India" combines two different music heritages. "Sunrise" has an interesting Oriental tonality. "Song of the swan" has a subdued but catchy and urging rhythm pattern, this track could be closer to fusion than the rest. It's a decent spiritual album of great playing and spiritual atmosphere.
 New High by CORYELL, LARRY album cover Studio Album, 2000
2.00 | 1 ratings

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New High
Larry Coryell Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by sgtpepper

— First review of this album —
2 stars Coryell and his young band perform another set of standards. The good thing about the album is that the sound is varied as we can hear stripped down acoustic guitar, trumpet with piano and vibraphone at its full strength, or jazz quartet without bras instruments. The mood is relaxed and playful. "Bags' groove" gives space for each from the band members to shine through so it's really a band effort. On other tracks, it's mainly the lead by guitar and piano. "Old folks" is a nostalgic duet between the trumpet and guitar, while "New High" has traces of fusion or Miles Davis' late 60's era.
 The Coryells by CORYELL, LARRY album cover Studio Album, 2000
2.67 | 2 ratings

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The Coryells
Larry Coryell Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by sgtpepper

2 stars The first family effort by Coryells is mainly a laid-back effort save for the first "Sentenza del core" where the three join forces on three acoustic guitars. Besides that we have an interesting male voice, possibly by one of the young Coryells. The vocal makes this album one of the most interesting vocal CDs by Coryell (there weren't many). In fact, it's often more interesting than the lazy atmospheric guitar playing that is not so typical for Coryell albums. Those expecting post-bop, fusion or typical acoustic music by Coryell will be disappointed since this is prevailingly a mixture of easy-going acoustic and sung songs without much substance. The two Eleventh House covers are OK but not something you would want to hear multiple times after you've heard the original. Another problem of this album is its length considering the lower material quality.

Good for Coryell completionists or fans of laid-back acoustic music.

 Monk, Trane, Miles & Me by CORYELL, LARRY album cover Studio Album, 1999
2.00 | 2 ratings

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Monk, Trane, Miles & Me
Larry Coryell Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by sgtpepper

2 stars Coryell returns back with a post-bop album after a couple of years. Gathering from the album title, it seems to be a tribute to Coryell's jazz inspirational heroes. The music is neatly played but there isn't anything new to discover expect from hearing how the known jazz standards sound when recorded by quintet led by guitar. On the other hand, it's a pleasure to hear guitar playing tunes that have been established in jazz, it remains open whether this is likely to be a repeated listening. It is advisable to go back to the originals instead. His two originals on the record are decent.
 Larry Coryell, Steve Smith & Tom Coster: Cause and Effect by CORYELL, LARRY album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.91 | 7 ratings

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Larry Coryell, Steve Smith & Tom Coster: Cause and Effect
Larry Coryell Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by sgtpepper

4 stars "Cause and Effect" marks Coryell's return to the electric full-fledged fusion minus brass instruments. Since this is a trio, there is more focus on thee tight interplay - Victor Wooten's bass is the fourth essential but less prevalent instrument.

The album starts fast with "These are odd times" and lays the foundation of the sound: rock sounding drumming, plenty of electric guitar and B-3 Hammond. Drums have plenty of fill-ins, they are intensive and loud, sometimes even entering the metal border. Tom Coster is a skillful and versatile keyboardist, mainly playing on Hammond but choosing other synths, too.

Music is more about sound and feeling than structure. Chords or progression are not challenging, it's soloing and ornate playing that adds a layer of interest.

"Bubba" is a catchy grooving track reminding me of 70's funk. "Nightvisitors" has superb irregular drumming work. "Miss guided missile" reminds a bit of "Spectrum" on a Billy Cobham album mainly due to drumming sequence in the beginning.

There are also more conservative tracks close to jazz such as "First things first".

"Finale: Wes and Jimi" is the most ambitious track, starting with ethereal guitar and Hammond before entering Hendrix' psychedelic territory and ending on a bluesy note.

Beautiful jam-driven modern fusion album.

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