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date: 27 January 2020

Coryell, Larrylocked

  • Chip Henderson

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(b Galveston, TX, April 2, 1943; d New York, Feb 19, 2017). American guitarist and bandleader. He began studying the piano at the age of four and settled on the guitar in his early teens. When he was seven, his family moved from Texas to Richmond, WA, where he later played in rock and country-and-western groups. His early guitar influences were Chuck Berry and Chet Atkins; his guitar teacher later introduced him to the music of the jazz guitarists Wes Montgomery, Tal Farlow, Johnny Smith, and Les Paul. In 1965 he moved to New York. Within a year he had replaced Gabor Szabo in Chico Hamilton’s band and was a member of the early rock-fusion group Free Spirits. Wider recognition came when Coryell left Hamilton and worked in Gary Burton’s quartet (1967–8), one of the first ensembles to combine rock, jazz, and country-music styles. In 1969...

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