Larry Coryell

Larry Coryell: Larry Coryell's Last Swing With Ireland

In his latter life, Larry Coryell was a frequent visitor to Ireland, where he would invariably hitch up with bassist David Redmond and drummer Kevin Brady, the esteemed rhythm team for the likes of Tommy Halferty, Bill Carrothers, Norma Winstone and Ian Shaw. In May 2016, during Coryell's last trip to Ireland, he entered Dublin's Hellfire Studios, with Redmond and Brady, to record what would be his final studio album. At around forty-five minutes in duration, Larry Coyell's Last Swing In Ireland, is a compact affair by today's sometimes bloated standards, but it is a high-quality session, and one absolutely bristling with energy.

Larry Coryell – ‘Last Swing With Ireland’

(Angel Air. Album Review by Denny Ilett) There can sometimes be something slightly voyeuristic about listening to an artist’s final recordings. One might become pre-occupied with listening out for signs or clues; did they know what was just around the corner? Often, these recordings, released posthumously, take on a tragic element for fans which can interfere with objective listening.
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Larry Coryell & Philip Catherine: Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic XI: The Last Call (ACT)

Recorded at the Philharmonie Berlin on January 24, 2017, during a series honoring duos, this live performance was guitarist Larry Coryell’s last—he passed away less than a month later in New York City. The gig reunited Coryell with Belgian guitarist Philip Catherine, whose relationship with the American went back to the late 1970s, when they played together at the same venue (Catherine guesting with Coryell’s Eleventh House group) and recorded a pair of studio albums and one live set (the latter also featuring pianist Joachim Kühn).

Larry Coryell and Philip Catherine – ‘Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic XI: The Last Call’

Larry Coryell and Philip Catherine – Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic XI: The Last Call. (ACT 9929-2. CD Review by Adam Sieff) Guitarists Larry Coryell and Philip Catherine have history going back to the mid 1970s, a time when Coryell’s great fusion group The Eleventh House was going through personnel changes and a label switch that eventually saw it disintegrate, never achieving the commercial success of bands like Return to Forever or The Mahavishnu Orchestra. At that time Catherine had been studying in Boston at Berklee and had just served a short stint replacing Jan Akkerman in Focus.

Gary Bartz, Larry Coryell, Hiromi & More: The Week in Jazz

The Week in Jazz is your roundup of new and noteworthy stories from the jazz world. It’s a one-stop destination for the music news you need to know. Let’s take it from the top. Stanley Cowell Dies: Innovative and influential jazz pianist Stanley Cowell passed away on December 17, aged...