LARRY CORYELL R.I.P. 1943 - 2017

February 21, 2017 – 7:34 am

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LARRY CORYELL R.I.P. 1943 - 2017

Legendary guitarist Larry Coryell died on February 19, 2017 at the age of 73 in his New York City hotel room, according to a statement sent to Billboard from jazz publicist Jim Eigo. Coryell, who passed away in his sleep from natural causes, had performed his last two shows this past weekend at the city’s Iridium Jazz Club. Known as the “Godfather of Fusion,” Coryell was a pioneer of jazz-rock. He made his mark in the music world with his highly acclaimed solo work, releasing more than 60 solo albums in his lifetime. His most notable album, Spaces, came in late 1969. The guitar blow-out, also featuring John McLaughlin, is considered the beginning of the 1970s’ fusion jazz movement. Coryell performed with mid-’70s powerhouse fusion band The Eleventh House and collaborated with jazz greats including Miles Davis, Gary Burton, Alphonse Mouzon, Ron Carter and Chet Baker. Though his commercial fame didn’t match some of his ’60s-’70s guitar contemporaries, Coryell continued to tour the world and had planned an extensive 2017 summer tour with a reformed The Eleventh House. - Billboard

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LARRY CORYELL, JACK BRUCE AND MITCH MITCHELL
Nice 1971 [no label, 1CD]

Nice Festival, Nice, France; July 18, 1971. FM broadcast, a bit rough.

Thanks to Caesar Glebeek; olvator; and zootype for sharing the show at Dime.

zootype noted:

Here’s a soundboard [FM] tape from a rare trio performance of Larry Corryell with Jack Bruce (Cream) on bass and Mitch Mitchell (Hendrix) on drums. As far as I know, this is the only gig they did as a trio. A year earlier in 1970 they did a few more shows with Mike Mandell on organ. An audience tape exists from one of those shows at Fillmore East on January 30, 1970. This particular tape I received in a trade with good old Caesar Glebbeek more than 12 years ago.

It’s a little rough sounding, but still a very good soundboard quality. It starts off with a not too good version of “Sunshine of your love”, supposedly the last track from the first set, at the end Jack apologizes for the playing, saying “it wasn’t my idea, honest!”. Sounds a bit like he’s been partying recently… The tape continues with some Larry Corryel themes and a lot of jamming and “overplaying”. Some hardcore Corryell guitar lick “attacks” typical for that phase. Quite interesting also for Hendrix fans who dig Mitch Mitchell.

PS: There must be a better copy out there somewhere, I posted this mono version, cause i never saw it listed anywhere. This comes directly from Caesar’s reel to reel copy (also mono), I have no idea how he received it.

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Lineage:
2005: FM > reeltoreel
> cassette (mono) > CDR > flac
wav
> soundforge-to double the audio to two track > flac7
reseed: volume adjustments, repairs and some retracking, no EQ or other processing applied; new FLAC-8 files

FM broadcast, unknown taper [or Caesar Glebeek]
2005 transfer and seed by olvator
Mono-to-two-track conversion in 2005 by (unknown)
December 2014 reseed by zootype:
FLAC files renamed but otherwise unaltered
October 2016 reseed by zootype:

volume adjustments, repairs and some retracking

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Track 01. intro 1:49
Track 02. Sunshine Of Your Love 7:36
Track 03. radio intro 0:41
Track 04. Pavane pour une infante defunte 4:17
Track 05. Untitled 6:49
Track 06. Untitled 5:17
Track 07. Untitled 12:38
Track 08. The Great Escape 7:55
47 mins

Lineup:
Larry Coryell - guitars
Jack Bruce - bass, vocals
Mitch Mitchell - drums

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original tracklist:
1. Intro with french voice-over 1:48
2. Sunshine of your love (fade-in) 7:46
3. Untitled 4:17
4. Untitled12:38
5. Untitled12:37
6. The Great Escape 8:00

suggested tracklist:

Sunshine of Your Love
Coryell Solo
Sunglasses
Depression >
Jam with Larry
Flowers in the Attic

Intro with Voice Over
Sunshine Of Your Love
Pavane For A Dead Princess (a.k.a. “Pavane pour une infante défunte” by Maurice Ravel)
The Beggar’s Chant
H.C.K.H.H. Blues
The Great Escape

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  1. 12 Responses to “LARRY CORYELL R.I.P. 1943 - 2017”

  2. RIP Larry Coryell, one of the all time greats.

    By Loma Prieta on Feb 21, 2017

  3. search for Larry Coryell and Gary Burton Berlin 1967 (youtube) The song is General Mojo’s Well-Laid Plan. Absolute wonderfulness!

    By ScarRad on Feb 21, 2017

  4. This one hurts. I met Larry for the first time outside the Village Gate in 1971 on the event of his incendiary lp - Live At The VIllage Gate. Prior to that, one night we sold our $3.50 Fillmore East Grateful Dead tix for $25; and saw him at Slugs. Got mugged on the way out of Alphabet City after the show; but it was worth it. His playing from 1969 to 1974 extraordinary. 11th House wasn’t too shabby either. His pre-fame work with Free Spirits and others only hints at what was to come. The evidence is not in Spaces lp; but in the s/t first Vanguard label lp, and Live Village Gate lps. Check em out You won’t be sorry. Now if the ghost of Lawrence Welk would open the vaults at Vanguard Records, we’d all be much better off.

    By Rich on Feb 21, 2017

  5. In case anyone hasn’t ever heard it, Larry played (brilliantly) on Charles Mingus’ Three or Four Shades of Blues album. Well worth a listen.

    It may be Mingus’ only studio recording with a guitarist (please correct me if I am wrong).

    By Walter on Feb 21, 2017

  6. Nice to see Mitch Mitchell’s talent free to express itself besides a true guitarist instead of being reigned by that no talent hack Jimi Hendrix

    By Smashmouth on Feb 22, 2017

  7. The guy who talks at the beginning of the show and on track 03 is André Francis, a man who used to present jazz programs on the french radio at the time. So it could / should be possible that a Pre-FM tape of this concert is still lying somewhere in the french TV and radio archives (INA).

    By Radiolux on Feb 22, 2017

  8. Smashmouth/these nuts are expressing themselves quite nicely while bouncing on your chin

    By Smashmouth Moron on Feb 22, 2017

  9. Good to hear Jack Bruce playing to the max with a great guitar player instead of being shadowed by this attention grabbing pop charts provider no talent hack Eric Clapton

    By Smashmouth on Feb 22, 2017

  10. These nuts bouncing on your chin are very talented

    By Smashmouth Moron on Feb 22, 2017

  11. Are there two smashmouths ? Great more confusion

    By CJ on Feb 22, 2017

  12. I have to agree with Rich - “This one hurts.” I had seen Mr. Coryell a number of times (My Father’s Place, Fillmore East (with Mitchell, Bruce & Mike Mandel) & Avery Fisher Hall, 7/6/74, solo & 11th House). I met Larry in Buffalo, 4/21/78 where he was opening
    for JL Ponty @ Kleinhans. What a gentlemen Larry was speaking about the times he played with Jimi.
    One of Larry’s Many talents was his range of technique. This musician had Chops and overwhelming melody. He could fit in with Phillip Catherine and Miles. My recommendation in tribute to Mr. Coryell Repost: http://bigozine2.com/roio/?p=1712 i.e.the unreleased session w/Miles on keyboards.

    By harmon on Feb 23, 2017

  13. Nice!

    By MrBill on Mar 1, 2017

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