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'Godfather of Fusion' Larry Coryell has died aged 73

Laura  Barnes
'Godfather of Fusion' Larry Coryell has died aged 73

Larry Coryell, the legendary jazz guitarist known to many as the ‘Godfather of Fusion’, has passed away at the age of 73.

According to a statement sent to Billboard from jazz publicist Jim Eigo, Coryell passed away in his sleep from natural causes in his New York City hotel room on Sunday 19th February.

He had just recently performed his last two shows at NY’s Iridium Jazz Club.

Coryell was born in Galveston, Texas. He graduated from Richland High School in Washington, where he played in local bands the Jailers, the Rumblers, the Royals, and the Flames.
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In 1966 he formed a psychedelic band called the Free Spirits for which he also sang, played sitar and did most of the composing. He formed the group The Eleventh House in 1973 and worked with the likes of Miles Davis, Gary Burton and Chet Baker throughout his long career.

Coryell's most recent album, Barefoot Man: Sanpaku, was released in October and the Eleventh House's new Seven Secrets record is due to arrive June 2nd.

Coryell’s final original works included operas based on Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace and Anna Karenina and James Joyce's Ulysses.

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