Sadly, on 19 Feb Larry Coryell died at the age of 73. His nickname was ‘The Godfather of Fusion’ and yes he was a guitar player that he was capable of fusing all styles from latin to jazz from rock to classical music… He worked with great names such as Chico Hamilton, Gary BurtonSteve Marcus, John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham, Miroslav Vitouš, Chick Corea, Ron Carter,  Alphonse Mouzon, Chet Baker and the list goes on…

In 1970 he released on Vanguard label as a leader the album ‘Spaces which is considered as one of the first jazz fusion albums ever. He formed The Eleventh House (1973) considered to be as one of the pioneering jazz-rock bands of the mid-70s. Coryell was a musician who expressed himself through music (more than 100 recordings in a 50 years of musical career).

As he stated in University of Washington Television in 1987:

I think there’s a basic human need to express to other people…And as soon as I discovered that I had the ability to learn to play some of this stuff that I revered … I consciously, or unconsciously, set my sights on that.” – Taken by npr.org. 

Now, he is ready to fuse angels and demons with his music up there in the skies…

Goodbye Larry!

Dimitris Koutoukakis