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Larry Coryell (2012)

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Guitarist Larry Coryell is a pioneer who has never stopped searching and has never lost his curiosity.

Born in Galveston, Texas, Larry grew up in southern Washington state, and attended the University of Washington in journalism (perhaps in order to have something to fall back if the guitar didn't work out). In 1965 he moved to New York City, and replaced Gabor Szabo in Chico Hamilton's band.

Before recording with Gary Burton in the late 1960s, Larry was part of what is considered to be the first rock fusion band, the Free Spirits. Ever since then, he's gone back and forth between electric and acoustic guitar, with ears wide open to all the fusions, Eastern, Brazilian, funk, blues, …

In 2007, Larry published his autobiography, "Improvising: My Life in Music".
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Bill Evans Portrait in Jazz Come Rain or Come Shine OJC
# 2 Barney Kessel Kessel Plays Standards Slow Boat to China OJC
# 3 Wes Montgomery The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery Polka Dots and Moonbeams OJC
# 4 Grant Green Green Is Beautiful Ain't It Funky Now Blue Note
# 5 Johnny Smith Moonlight in Vermont Stars Fell on Alabama Roulette
# 6 Tal Farlow Poppin' and Burnin' LP Jordu Verve
# 7 Miles Davis Sketches of Spain Saeta Columbia
# 8 Miles Davis Milestones Straight, No Chaser Columbia
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