BMI is saddened by the passing of groundbreaking guitarist Larry Coryell at the age of 73. Coryell was known for incorporating the essence of rock into jazz, creating some of the original blurring of both genres with his inventive playing. Over the years, he continued to build his signature sound by working with rock musicians like Jack Bruce and jazz musicians such as Charles Mingus and Sonny Rollins, among others. His innovative guitar work included his expertise on both electric and acoustic instruments, which added even more dimension to his already heavily fusional work. Not surprisingly, Coryell counted Chuck Berry and country guitarist Chet Atkins among his earliest inspirations.
Coryell’s contributions to jazz, as well as his spirited performances, will be remembered by his enthusiastic fans at BMI.