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Larry Coryell

Apr 2, 1943 – Feb 19, 2017 (Age 73)

Obituary

Larry Coryell, the Texas-born jazz guitarist who was known as the Godfather of Fusion, died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, of natural causes in his hotel room in New York City, according to multiple news sources. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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I was lucky to have a little time to talk shop with Larry while he was out here in the Bay area 4 years ago doing a gig at Yoshi's. My father told me that heaven is a place where your guitar always stays in tune, you never miss a note and you have perfect tone. I'm sure Larry is there and knows what it's like. He's the kind of musician though that I'm sure would intentionally stretch a few notes and intentionally change a few tunings just to stay on the edge and maybe push the boundaries...

Larry gave me more musical pleasure than any musician, living or dead. He was truly The Maestro--Carl Sordoni,Belleville,Ont. Canada

Always have loved the 'Coryell' album since friends turned me on to it in the seventies. I remember that he played at the Encore in Shadyside (Pittsburgh) and was really bummed because I was not 21 yet and couldn't get in. RIP, Mr. Coryell!

We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.

Never will forget our two nights together at Max's Kansas City on Park Ave South back in 1974 or our reminisce of that experience at the Jazz Standard in 2014. Thank you for being such an inspiration to me

Based on my owning Chico Hamilton's "The Dealer" album featuring Larry Coryell, a group of 8 of us from NJ - all 20 and unders - ventured to Slugs in NY City's Lower East Side to see Larry's new band Foreplay in August of 1972, just on a hunch that the show would be good. It wound up changing our lives forever. It was like seeing the Beatles in that everyone went home that night wanting to play an instrument, and some of us went on to make careers out of it. He was that kind of...

Based on my owning Chico Hamilton's "The Dealer" album featuring Larry Coryell, a group of 8 of us from NJ - all 20 and unders - ventured to Slugs in NY City's Lower East Side to see Larry's band Foreplay in August of 1972, just on a hunch that the show would be good. It wound up changing our lives forever. He was that kind of performer, and that kind of man. RIP.

My first jazz album was "Coryell" given by a friend who used to dance in a bar where he played in Yakima. Will never forget the concert at the UW HUB ballroom in 1974.
Thanks for the music!

Louise