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Options February 21, 2017: The glories of guitars, with a nod to Larry Coryell (RIP)

cort lcs-1 Larry Coryell model JAZZ Guitar
Larry Coryell model Cort guitar, photo by Chris C.

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Artist Track Album Label Approx. start time
Larry Coryell
Photo by Jose Nieto
Guitarist Larry Coryell merged with the infinite suddenly this past Sunday. Coryell was a big influence on me after discovering his "Lady Coryell" album in the early 1970s during my time DJing at WJSV. Here's a tribute to one of my favorite guitarists.
Larry Coryell   Spaces (Infinite)   Options Spaces  Vanguard  0:01:10 (Pop‑up)
Larry Coryell   Lady Coryell   Options Lady Coryell  Vanguard  0:09:13 (Pop‑up)
Chico Hamilton, introducing Larry Coryell  A Trip   Options The Dealer  Impulse!  0:15:18 (Pop‑up)
The Eleventh House featuring Larry Coryell  Ism - Ejercicio   Options Introducing the Eleventh House with Larry Coryell  Vanguard  0:22:13 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Leo Kupper 

Electro-Acoustic Santur   Options


Pogus Productions 

0:27:00 (Pop‑up)
Larry Coryell   No One Really Knows   Options Coryell  Vanguard  0:39:01 (Pop‑up)
Larry Coryell   Elementary Guitar Solo #5   Options Coryell  Vanguard  0:44:06 (Pop‑up)
The Gary Burton Quartet  General Moto's Well-Laid Plan   Options Duster  Koch Jazz  0:50:56 (Pop‑up)
Larry Coryell   Ravel   Options Standing Ovation  Arista  0:55:29 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Leo Kupper 

Electro-Acoustic Santur   Options


Pogus Productions 

1:00:25 (Pop‑up)
Larry Coryell   Stravinsky   Options The Lion and The Ram  Arista  1:06:44 (Pop‑up)
Larry Coryell   Improvisation on "Bolero"   Options Bolero  Evidence Records  1:14:56 (Pop‑up)
Larry Coryell   Bartok Eleven   Options Twelve Frets to One Octave  Shanachie  1:21:48 (Pop‑up)
Larry Coryell   Alfonsina Del Mar   Options Twelve Frets to One Octave  Shanachie  1:27:08 (Pop‑up)
Larry Coryell with John Scofield and Joe Beck  Little B's Poem   Options Tributaries  RCA/Novus  1:30:38 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Leo Kupper 

Electro-Acoustic Santur   Options



1:35:39 (Pop‑up)
Larry Coryell, Ronu Majumdar, George Brooks & Vijay Ghate  Song of the Swan   Options Bombay Jazz: Live in London  Larry Coryell  1:43:47 (Pop‑up)
Larry Coryell / Badi Assad / John Abercrombie  Seu Jorge e Dona Ica   Options Three Guitars  Chesky Records  1:52:13 (Pop‑up)
The Gary Burton Quartet With Orchestra (+Larry Coryell, Carla Bley)  Silent Spring   Options A Genuine Tong Funeral  One Way Records  1:57:43 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Leo Kupper 

Electro-Acoustic Santur   Options


Pogus Productions 

2:07:15 (Pop‑up)
Larry Coryell / Victor Bailey / Lenny White  Black Dog   Options Electric  Chesky Records  2:15:25 (Pop‑up)
Coryell, Bailey and White  Manic Depression   Options Traffic  Chesky Records  2:21:38 (Pop‑up)
Larry Coryell & the11th House  Seven Secrets   Options Seven Secrets  429 Records  2:29:44 (Pop‑up)
Larry Coryell with Paul Wertico And Marc Egan  She's Leaving Home   Options Tricycles  In+Out Records  2:32:57 (Pop‑up)
Larry Coryell, with Ralph Towner, Glen Moore & Colin Walcott  Improvisation On Robert De Visee's Sarabande   Options The Essential Larry Coryell  Vanguard  2:36:18 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Leo Kupper 

Electro-Acoustic Santur   Options


Pogus Productions 

2:41:05 (Pop‑up)
Larry Coryell  Treat's Style   Options Lady Coryell  Vanguard  2:48:54 (Pop‑up)
Larry Coryell & Steve Kahn  Bouquet   Options Two for the Road  Arista  2:54:29 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

  9:06pm Mark R:

I had a feeling I could count on you for a nice Larry Coryell tribute, Irene.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:06pm Ken From Hyde Park:

RIP Larry. His son, Murali Coryell, comes around these parts occasionally.
  9:07pm Mark R:

Started off with a good one, too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:08pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Ah - gittars - for a sad reason. Appreciate this - as Larry Coryell's has always been held in high deference amongst guitarists - but I confess my ignorance of the facts & details of his accomplishments, & I think I'm not quite alone in that. The common tag is he's a Father of Fusion...So, Thanks.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:08pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...his *name...
  9:11pm Mark R:

He started out as a fairly straight-ahead jazz guitarist, Rev, but then he heard Hendrix in 1966 (I think before he was famous, when he was playing in the Village), and it opened his mind to all kinds of possibilities. Irene's starting with a couple of seminal examples--early recordings that kind of sum up his greatness--a true fusion of jazz, rock, blues, even country styles. And yes, he played LOUD.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:14pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Thx Mark R. Hear that & connect to it immediately. Seems a fair guess that he hasn't been played & heard like say McLaughlin (even tho' a close collaborator) because he didn't appeal as easily to a specific Genre Market - the very reason he may interest - some of 'us'...
  9:16pm Mark R:

Irene can correct me on this, but I believe he played WITH McLaughlin on that first track. Yes, he's sadly been somewhat overlooked. Although, interestingly enough, I was just talking about him to Jeff Conklin a few weeks ago, and he said, "Not overlooked by ME." Although I haven't heard Jeff play him on his show.
  9:16pm Mark R:

Nice of you to go back for one of the Chico Hamilton tracks, Irene
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:21pm Irene Trudel:

Hi All! I felt it appropriate to pay tribute to Larry Coryell, whose music I discovered through my HS radio station .He was a big influence on me. Saw him play live a number of times over the years. Yes, Mark, Larry did play with McLaughlin on Spaces. The album collaboration predates the Mahavishnu Orchestra by two years. So I'm going to dive into Coryell's music for a while tonight.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:22pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...I read 'true fusion of jazz, rock, blues, even country' - & I think Danny Gatton - but this is nothing of that kind!...I think a lot of Guitarists would like to *believe* they have such a range! Gatton started @ Rockabilly, & sounds like Coryell starts solidly from Jazz & moves from there...I'll see where we go here!
  9:23pm Mark R:

Love it, and I can't think of a better person to do it. I was in high school too, and had an older brother who was into Hendrix, Cream et. al and then one day Mahavishnu and Coryell appeared on the scene, the logical next step. I still think they're all great.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:33pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Fusion was actually fairly popular in the early 70s I think - but had a hard time finding favor w/ either camp since. Rawk went thru Punk & still is suspicious of 'Musos' - & Jazz had a rebirth w/ the fairly Straight-Ahead 'young lions' (there were undergrounds that liked crime or aggro Jazz relating actually to Punk &tc.) Among players & real music junkies - there's appreciation of Artists w/ both dynamics & king-sized chops...Fusion gets blamed for SmoothJazz & the neutering of what Jazz really is - but this here clearly has nothing to do w/ that!
  9:39pm Mark R:

"Coryell" is a particular favorite of mine...he wasn't a very good singer, but he pulls it off on these tracks.
  9:39pm Mark R:

I saw him one time where he also played PIANO believe it or not--also not his strong suit. But he was brave, I'll give him that.
  9:42pm Vinnie:

Treats Style. From Lady Coryell. If you feel like it.
  9:47pm Mark R:

You're really playing all my favorite Coryell tunes, Irene! Also used to really enjoy "At the Village Gate" and another live album recorded at Montreux with Pretty Purdie on drums called "Fairyland." Pretty sure that one's out of print now, though.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:48pm pantz:

Not to hijack this great guitar stream, but has anyone seen Bill Frisell live? That's on my bucket list.
  9:49pm Mark R:

Saw him last fall at the Blue Note, pants. Really enjoyed it. He always does a really cool version of a pop tune, like the night I saw him I think he did the Beach Boys' "Surfer Girl."
  9:50pm Mark R:

Pantz sorry!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:51pm pantz:

Right on @Mark! I'd love to hear him but unfortunately I'm in one of them fly-over states.
  9:52pm Mark R:

He's going to be in Carmel, Indiana on April 20th.
  9:52pm Peter K.:

I'm loving the Larry Fest. Your choices are inspired. He really was one of the greats, wasn't he?
  9:53pm Snake:

I've seen Frisell twice and Coryell once. Frisell was always good but Larry was legendary. I'm shocked he's gone.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:54pm Irene Trudel:

pantz, I've seen Bill Frisell many times in concert and recorded him a few times for WNYC. He's fabulous and well worth seeing. Mark, I also saw Larry Coryell at the Blue Note, as I said, dueting with Vic Juris, and Pat Martino was on the same bill. A magical night!
  9:55pm Mark R:

Chicago April 21st, KC 4/22, Hopkins Minnesota 4/25, St. Louis 4/28
  9:55pm Mark R:

Any of these near you, Pantz?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:57pm pantz:

Admittedly, I'm closer to Carmel, even though I've never heard of it. Thanks for the insight. Maybe I can get one of those carmel candies folks keep talking about too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:57pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

This is really satisfying & interesting work. I wonder if WKCR will do a tribute.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:57pm pantz:

Sorry for the dad joke there.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:58pm tuner fish:

that gary burton tune is some prime larry.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:58pm Irene Trudel:

He sure was, Peter. All this reminds me of how many different styles he played. Just beautiful, and still sad about his passing!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:58pm pantz:

@Irene thanks for letting me in on Larry Coryell. I feel like a babe in the woods.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:59pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...like McLaughlin's cosmic breaths (I call them) here...
  10:04pm herb.nyc:

Hi Irene and all, my feet have been soaked and my wfmu marathon envelope opened. But heh heh, I prepledged and my chk has been rec'd. With a corporate match! Now for some milk and chocolate, as I wish I knew how to play the guitar like Larry Coryell, r.i.p. (I don't play at all)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:05pm Linda Lee:

Irene, you've turned on a new listener to the work of Larry Coryell! what a fine tribute! thank you!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:09pm Linda Lee:

now the music & the musician are one.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:18pm Irene Trudel:

Thanks Herb, and glad to turn you on to Larry, pantz and Linda.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:20pm pantz:

I heard a great interview with a Ravel biographer that said the composer was slowly losing his memory and that was why Bolero is basically the same stanza repeated over and over.
Avatar 10:26pm geezerette:

Irene this is wonderful. I didn't know his work either.
Thanks so much!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:26pm Linda Lee:

perfect freedom! the freedom to construct whatever you want to musically & have the work's integrity respected :-)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:27pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Starting to think comparing Coryell to McLaughlin is (in a different area) like comparing Page to Beck: They're close - but like siblings, they took paths to distinguish themselves from each other - relating to their natural inclinations too: One went w/ developing content via varied inspirations, while the other focused more specifically on pure technical playing. I say DiMeola may have a slight speed advantage on McLaughlin - even tho' McLaughlin is more disciplined then nearly anyone there's ever been - but McLaughlin didn't let it make him 'cold'. Now in a way - I'm surprised Coryell wasn't as well-known generally as McLaughlin - because altho' he's technically stunning also - he seems even closer to broad inspirations & feeling - relating to the anecdote that it was Hendrix directly who set him on another path...I think - in a way, Jazz was Horn music, banjos early on were loud enuff to keep a Rhythm - & the Electric Guitar has been eyed w/ suspicion: stick to your archtops & WesMontgomery tone or be fined - tho' BillFrissell ferinstance (a master of tones) illustrates how old hat that is by now - it has had to evolve in people's heads for decades...
Avatar 10:32pm geezerette:

All I can say is that passion and elegance always knock me out.
Avatar 10:34pm northguineahills:

Until his death, I've never heard of Larry Coryell. How did that happen???!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:35pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Exactly & exactly.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:36pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

(...well - I'd heard *of* him...)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:40pm Linda Lee:

love the bed music. can't help recalling Jack Nitzsche's incredible soundtrack work for the film 'performance' ~ really striking!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:44pm Linda Lee:

there's some exceptional acoustic slide guitar by Ry Cooder on that one too!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:45pm melinda:

hi all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:45pm Linda Lee:

happy Tuesday melinda! :-)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:48pm melinda:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:52pm Scraps:

Damn, I knew it was Coryell when I looked for the playlist. Damn, damn, damn
  10:55pm KP:

Hey, Irene. Great stuff here
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:59pm Irene Trudel:

Thanks to all, and sorry for the confirmation of Coryell's passing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:00pm Scraps:

Some jazz fans can't distinguish between sweet jazz and smooth jazz
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:03pm Scraps:

Man, this is awesome
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:04pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Jeff Conklin corrected me on 'Love, Devotion & Surrender': 'This isn't fusion, it's spiritual rock ;) '
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:06pm Scraps:

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Avatar 11:09pm northguineahills:

If I don't get back to the message board, thanks a lot Irene for this memorial show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:09pm Scraps:

Carla Bley and Larry Coryell should have played together more
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:14pm Scraps:

When Carla really went through a Coryell-type phase in the late seventies early eighties, her guitarist was mostly Hiram Bullock, though
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:15pm Scraps:

(like her Sextet album)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:17pm Linda Lee:

love the Black Dog cover. amazing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:17pm Linda Lee:

swingin it! :-)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:19pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

(...& I was a little self-conscious about the comparison to Page & Beck...)
  11:20pm JakeGould:

Hey Irene! Been listening while doing “Kon Mari” on my crap I’m going to throw out.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:23pm Santos L. Halper:

Thanks for all this Coryell, Irene. Have always dug him but hadn't heard so many facets. How about something with Philip Catherine?
  11:26pm Jay Wolf:

I just tuned in. This is fucking awesome!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:31pm Irene Trudel:

Not tonight Santos. I decided to make it all Coryell tonight. Next week I'll try to remember.
  11:45pm Andrew:

This is a marvelous tribute. Turns out the slice of Larry Coryell I was aware of is rather narrow---appreciate your devoting the whole show to him.
  11:57pm KP:

Nice work, Irene. There's a lot more to Larry than I remember. I did see him once, long ways back
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58pm Irene Trudel:

Thanks KP! I'd forgotten how great all his music was. Happy to share Larry with you all and the universe!
Avatar 7:47am Sean in Bristol UK:

I wasn't familiar with Larry Coryell but after this wonderful tribute to him I am now. Great show, Irene, thank you
  2:51pm hondalcious99:

Fantastic show/selection, a fitting tribute to an always searching artist
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