Larry Coryell Electric Retrospective

Larry Coryell Electric Retrospective

Internationally renowned guitarist Larry Coryell shows why he was described as “a true pioneer of rock-jazz fusion” by the New York Times, when he brings this special Electric Retrospective show to Yoshi’s in Oakland for two nights.

Coryell brought what can only be termed a nearly alien sensibility to the jazz world with his fierce electric guitar playing in the 1960s, delivering a hard-edged, cutting tone, phrasing and note-bending that owed as much to blues, rock and even country as it did to earlier, smoother bop influences. Early work with drummer Chico Hamilton, flutist Herbie Mann and vibe player Gary Burton paved the way for Coryell’s distortion-heavy jazz excursions leading his own trio and the ’70s band 11th House.

Though he would step away from electric instrumentation for long periods of his career to concentrate on acoustic guitar, Coryell remains a pioneer of decibel-heavy improvisation. For these special “Electric Retrospective” shows that will be filmed for a documentary currently in production, Coryell will be dusting off his old distortion pedals to look back on his ground breaking early work. The guitar wizard is joined by original band mate and drummer Harry Wilkinson, bassist Gary Brown, and critically acclaimed blues artist and son Murali Coryell on guitar for this two-night stay at Yoshi’s in Oakland, that’s sure to be explosive.

Larry_Coryell_with_drummer_Harry_WilkinsonLarry Coryell Electric Retrospective
performed – June 23-24, 2012
Yoshi’s Oakland