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Coming Attractions: Larry Coryell

Groundbreaking multi-genre guitarist Larry Coryell passed away unexpectedly in February. I’m a longtime fan of his; I first interviewed him in 2014. And then last year I had the honor of curating a reissue – the first-ever on CD – of his second solo album, 1970’s Coryell. Another Coryell project is in the pipeline right

New Albums from Larry, Tracey and Murali Coryell

There was a time in the late 1960s and early ’70s when it looked as if Larry Coryell would break out as the Next Big Thing. A fiendishly gifted guitarist with a deep interest in (and more importantly, a thorough mastery of) many different styles of music, he was and remains quite prolific. Whether as

Review: Two New Albums featuring Larry Coryell

One of music’s greatest guitarists, Larry Coryell has enjoyed – and continues to enjoy – a long and storied career. After his professional start playing with Chico Hamilton, Coryell launched a solo career, enlisting the musical help of some of the most innovative, boundary-pushing musicians to aid in his own musical explorations. He’s played in

A Chat with Larry Coryell, Part Three

Continued from Part Two… Bill Kopp: In the entry on you in the Music Hound Jazz book,  the reviewer makes the points that your back catalog is in shameful disarray, with many titles out of print, and that you deserve better. Now, that book was written in the 90s. What’s the state of your catalog

A Chat with Larry Coryell, Part Two

Continued from Part One… Bill Kopp: Though you’re certainly grounded at least in part in rock styles, another remarkable quality of your musicianship to me is the way you take more of the jazz player’s approach to arrangement: you’re not stingy about having all the solos. Everybody gets a chance to shine. Is that a

A Chat with Larry Coryell, Part One

One might describe Larry Coryell as something of an undiscovered legend. To those in the know – jazz/fusion aficionados and those like me fortunate enough to stumble onto his vast catalog by accident – he’s one of the greats, certainly a peer of names such as John McLaughlin and Pat Metheny. But to the world