Jazz guitar legend Larry Coryell, who was recently in Australia, has died in New York at the age of 73. NPR reports that he died in his sleep on Sunday in his hotel room after playing The Iridium Jazz Club on Friday and Saturday evenings. Coryell had been planning a tour with Eleventh House, although Alphonse Mouzon had also passed away recently.
Coryell was a pioneer of the fusion movement after stints with the group Free Spirits and then with the Gary Burton Quartet. His groundbreaking fusion album Spaces in 1970 featured fellow guitarist John McLaughlin, pianist Chick Corea on keyboards, bassist Miroslav Vitouš on bass and drummer Billy Cobham.
Coryell leaves behind his wife, Tracey, daughters Annie and Allegra, sons Murali and Julian, and six grandchildren.
Coryell was in Melbourne late last year for a season at Bird’s Basement. While there he dropped into Off The Record. You can hear the interview here: OFF THE RECORD